When borders reopen, take an Aussie road trip and explore the continent’s unique geology, from meteorites in the Nullarbor Plain to rock formations that are billions of years old.
The destruction of one ancient rock shelter is devastating. But there’s a greater loss to cultural heritage that is occurring from the ‘cumulative impacts’ of mining operations in WA.
China’s import restrictions hurt Australia, but they also hurt China. In more ways than one.
If Clive Palmer pursues his claim against the Western Australian government in the High Court, and wins, he’s still got a big legal hurdle to overcome.
The damage would extend well beyond iron ore.
It remains to be seen whether China’s climate promise is genuine. But it puts pressure on many other nations – not least Australia – to follow.
Australia’s living standards have remained remarkably stable compared to those of other countries. Losing access to China wouldn’t change that much.
The legislation designed to stop Palmer claiming huge damages against WA raises a host of questions.
Building renewable energy infrastructure involves mining for materials such as lithium, graphite and cobalt. If not done responsibly, that could cause huge environmental damage.
Eminent economist Ross Garnaut says if climate action fails, he fears the consequences ‘would be beyond contemporary Australia’. But zero-emissions iron and aluminium could be the way forward.
More than good management and more than good luck, we’ve been blessed by delightfully fortunate timing.
New analysis indicates that a strict beneficiation policy might not lead to optimal developmental outcomes.
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.
New modelling shows that Australia’s distance from Europe and the United States hurts our exports, but this will change as Asia develops.
Even though commodities rallied after the election of Trump, the benefit of this to Australia’s budget could be short lived due to volatility.
The mining industry is more resilient because of the recent downturn and it will be global supply and demand that will affect these companies in the future.
Mining requires huge amounts of energy – could it be replaced with renewables?
Research has confirmed a knife found in the ancient Egyptian pharaoh’s tomb was made with metal from the heavens.
Even if the price of iron ore remains low, Australia is still well placed to benefit from this resource in the future.
The government has given into the pressure from the big miners and formally abandoned the idea of a parliamentary inquiry into the iron ore sector.