The devastating impact of mine closures could be avoided with economic and scientific interventions.
Aerial view of the Auyán Tepuy and the Caroni River in Venezuela.
In 2016, Venezuela opened up a large swath of the country to mining in an effort to prop up its economy. Now it is paying the environmental price.
Development is peaking in the high country between India and China.
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For decades, China and India have clashed over their disputed Himalayan border. This clash is also playing out via a development boom that threatens the health of one of the world's biggest river catchments.
Snowshoe hares near the now closed Giant Mine outside of Yellowknife, N.W.T show signs of arsenic contamination.
Historical gold mining at the Giant Mine near Yellowknife, N.W.T. released toxic arsenic into the environment. Snowshoe hares are showing signs of poisoning.
In Delhi, middle class residents and informal recyclers joined together to oppose the privatisation of waste management.
The Environmental Justice Atlas highlights the most pertinent findings of environmental conflicts facing the world today.
Male sage grouse at the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, Wyoming.
The Trump administration is reopening a plan negotiated under President Obama to protect Western sage grouse. This could signal to states not to bother working together to protect other endangered species.
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Richer countries import products but not the emissions used to make them.
There’s more to e-waste than the discarded monitors, cell phones and other electronics.
No amount of post-consumer recycling can recoup the waste generated before consumers purchase their devices.
The mining industry in South Africa needs an inclusive model that builds on and improves shared value.
As companies and governments attempt to intensify extraction, cultural resistance offers a space for imagining alternative futures.
Artist’s impression of a solar-powered satellite on a mining mission.
The first step to mining an asteroid is finding a suitable candidate. Scientists estimate there should be some ten nearby targets.
A mythical Amazonia of lost tribes or lost cities is easy to challenge on a factual basis, but such objections appear rather feeble in the face of the power of cliché.
The Cree community of Peawanuck, located in northern Ontario, is confronting the realities of a changing climate and increasing pressure from mining companies.
Many Indigenous communities across northern Ontario are facing increased pressure to bring their land-use planning and decisions under the jurisdiction of the province
Corporates are willing to embrace corporate social responsibility initiatives. But many fail due to cultural insensitivity and misplaced communication strategies.
Sexual harassment against women is more prevalent in male dominated sectors such as mining and agriculture.
A culture of male dominance in rural Australia is a key explainer for the high rate of sexual harassment in rural workplaces.
Fill a tank with water, sugar, and old mobile phones. Add bacteria and stir. Result? Rare earth metals. This is biomining, and it's the way of the future.
A painting by Sakubei Yamamoto.
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Throughout the centuries, a number of coal miners have documented their lives with paintings. Some of their works are now in museums and bring the stories of the "pitmen" back to life.
Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska. Plants on the Arctic tundra absorb mercury from the air, then transfer it to soil when they die.
How do mercury emissions from industrialized countries reach the remote Arctic? Recent research shows that plants on the tundra absorb mercury vapor through their leaves, then pass it into soil.
The legacy of the dirtiest of fuels – coal – has the potential to deliver a low carbon energy future.
Copper and other minerals will be increasingly important to the growing renewable energy sector.
In the decades ahead, our mineral supply will still need to double or triple to meet the demand for electric vehicles and other renewable energy technology.