The deal between the DRC and the Chinese company Sicomines didn't take into account how the Congolese people would benefit.
This year the Apollo 11 mission turns 50 - but what does the future hold for the Moon? The ephemeral shadows cast by human artefacts may soon be joined by more permanent scars of lunar mining.
Electric vehicles are taking off, but will demand remain sustainable once governments phase out subsidies? And as the "hidden costs" of the EV revolution emerge, some might get left behind…
The tailing dam collapse at the Brumadinho mine has shocked the world, but can we really be sure that 'never again' truly means never again?
Scientists are figuring out how to reduce the cost of space travel – to and from the Moon and possibly to Mars. One approach is to mine the Moon for resources necessary for interplanetary travel.
Rural and regional Australia is a big and diverse place, but some broad common issues do emerge as policy priorities.
Australia has a well-earned reputation as a mining nation. Now we're moving towards mining 'off world', on the Moon.
A NSW court's decision to rule out a coalmine on the basis of climate change could signal a turning of the tide in an arena where environmental litigants have previously struggled to gain traction.
Before democracy South Africa's mining sector prioritised profits over the people and environment. Not much has changed.
The coal, oil and natural gas industries are also connected with human rights violations, public health disasters and environmental devastation.
The Grand Canyon, which marks 100 years as a national park on Feb. 26, 2019, is known today as an iconic natural wonder. But early European visitors weren't impressed.
A high number of carnivores have been discovered at a huge industrial site in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Nearly 1,800 Brazilian dams are at risk of failure, according to the government. Fixing them is expensive – but ignoring aging dams can have considerable social, economic and environmental costs.
Australia's government can do more to ensure Australian mining companies do no harm in pursuit of Africa's mineral wealth.
Distrusting large federal bureaucracies isn't reserved for conservatives anymore.
An American coal company is suing the Canadian government over Alberta's plan to combat climate change.
The industrial patterns of mining shaped many Australian towns, which found varied uses for disused mine sites. The mining boom ensures the challenges these sites present will be with us a long time.
Villagers from a community in South Africa's Eastern Cape fought to be consulted and for the power to consent to mining their land.
In countries like South Africa which has a big and robust mining sector, tailings need to be managed with extra care.
A massive new discovery this summer of miles of corals in deep waters off South Carolina shows how much we have yet to learn about life on the ocean floor.