Can California's wet weather make earthquakes more likely? Scientists are still learning about what triggers these events. Even human activity can be a culprit.
Glencore has admitted responsibility for air pollution in Mount Isa, but its latest report puts the onus on residents to minimise their exposure to lead contamination in their homes.
Republicans in Congress are working to kill an Obama administration rule that broadens public input into federal land use planning. Hunters, fishermen, hikers and environmental groups are opposed.
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A new project tracks earthquakes accidentally induced by human activity. It suggests the problem is bigger than some scientists thought.
Mining brings some benefits to some but when extraction is over, the lack of wider benefits to all is keenly felt.
The latest survey of residents in coal seam gas regions reveals continuing lukewarm attitudes towards the industry.
A new mapping study shows that roads have sliced and diced almost the entire land surface of Earth, leaving huge areas prone to illegal logging, mining and hunting.
Buildings, thinkers, books, films and works of art can ask central questions about how to live on this planet and its consequences.
Problems occur when a country falls in love with gold, and silver might be about to get a boost from proposed solutions.
Are high levels of violence and displacement in Central America and Mexico caused by natural resource exploitation?
More than 95% of industrial diamonds are synthetic so why aren't more people using them in engagement rings?
The island's latest mining boom threatens a critically endangered lemur – and puts human lives at risk.
South Africa's central bank should urgently insulate the rand from further financial chaos by imposing tighter exchange controls.
Local people in India are supposed to be protected by progressive laws. But the reality is a far cry from that.
Mozambique has made significant progress in its fight against poverty despite recent economic and political challenges
How WA managed to emerge from the mining boom with an estimated debt burden of $40 billion is one of the West’s great mysteries. Or not, if you bother to look more closely.
The petroleum resource rent tax must be reformed to generate any significant revenue.
In Chile, the impact of mining and the lack of regulation of water markets have produced water scarcity conflict in local Indigenous communities.
Mine communications are complex, slow and unreliable. The solution to keeping miners safe, and rescuing them when disaster strikes, might just be in their hands already.