Overuse of sand for construction and industry is harming the environment and fueling violence around the world. Scientists explain why we need international rules to regulate sand mining and use.
South Africa's recently announced economic recovery plan failed to break away from the cumbersome neo-liberal line.
A gold rush brings in lots of money in the short-term, but leaves a toxic legacy.
Industrial gold mining companies in eastern Congo have faced violent attacks over friction between industrial and artisanal mining.
In 1825, more than 130 Cornish miners and engineers landed in Mexico to work in the silver mines. Their legacy lives on.
Last week Brazil opened thousands of kilometres of previously protected Amazon rainforest to mining, in a bid to combat ongoing political and economic disasters.
It is a delicate – and dangerous – moment for one of the world's most ecologically important nations.
We need to think about the raw materials of batteries -- where they come from and their environmental cost.
National Archive files reveal how the PM offered preferential treatment to a breakaway union in a bid to weaken its rivals.
Canada rushed to counter a deadly lung disease afflicting gold miners in the early 20th century. The "quick fix" cure that was invented is a symbol of the lurch towards global industrialization.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has scheduled its 15-year-old mining code for review. The country must ensure reform that benefits its people.
By capturing Arctic methane emissions, the gas industry could join the fight against climate change.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) roadmap towards greater regional trade integration and development is a good start but lacks detail.
A new art exhibition in Johannesburg mines the rich intersections between Mozambique, South Africa and Portugal.
Politics podcast: Matt Canavan on Adani
Matt Canavan tells The Conversation this mine is only one part of a plan for 'opening up the Galilee Basin' to provide investment opportunities, exports, and employment.
Legislation designed to protect wildlife is being rolled back or ignored in all sorts of ways in all sorts of places, according to a new global database of attacks on green tape.
BHP's rebrand is unlikely to affect the bottom line, research shows. But if it improves relations with politicians and voters, it would still be a success.
By 2030, the Blue Economy will be worth $3 trillion. And the UK is well placed to capture a slice of this lucrative market, if it meets the challenges involved with innovation and ambition.
As the cost of renewable energy falls, funding a new mine is a risky investment.
The government shouldn't cave to WA's calls for a change to the way GST is divvied out. The current system has served Australia well.