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Mineral processing tailings are pumped into a storage facility. Are there still valuable commodities in this waste?

Treasure from trash: how mining waste can be mined a second time

Identifying mine waste materials as economic resources will help support global demand for critical metals, boosting the mining industry during the downturn. All with environmental benefits.
Africa contributes the least of any continent to climate change – but it also has the least resources to manage it. Shutterstock

Forecast of global trends suggest heavy headwinds for Africa

Scenarios on global trends over the next 20 years point to some serious challenges for Africa. Whatever actually happens, it's important for the continent to put in place mitigation strategies.
Excavators and drillers at work in a copper and cobalt mine near Lubumbashi. Mineral resources are a big part of the DRC’s economy. Reuters/Jonny Hogg

Why dependence on natural resources is bad for the DRC

The fall in commodity prices has hit the DRC hard. This is a lesson to resources-dependent countries in Africa that they need to diversify their economies.

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