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.
Iron ore piles at Dampier, Western Australia. Australia could convert iron oxide to metal for export, producing it with no emissions.
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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.
We’ve entered out 29th year of uninterpreted economic growth. Continued good fortune will require harder decisions.
More than good management and more than good luck, we've been blessed by delightfully fortunate timing.
The beneficiation of diamonds has brought great benefits to Botswana.
New analysis indicates that a strict beneficiation policy might not lead to optimal developmental outcomes.
After 48 hours of frantic effort, Brazilian rescue workers have called off their search for survivors at a collapsed dam in Minas Gerais state.
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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.
Shipping constraints are costing Australian exporters.
New modelling shows that Australia’s distance from Europe and the United States hurts our exports, but this will change as Asia develops.
A Trump presidency is bound to put pressure on commodity prices in the long term.
Even though commodities rallied after the election of Trump, the benefit of this to Australia's budget could be short lived due to volatility.
There are short term signs that the most recent downturn in commodities may not last so long.
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.
Solar thermal technology uses the sun’s heat to generate electricity, or heating.
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Mining requires huge amounts of energy – could it be replaced with renewables?
Fallen star sword.
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Research has confirmed a knife found in the ancient Egyptian pharaoh's tomb was made with metal from the heavens.
Haulage truck at the Rio Tinto West Angelas iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of West Australia.
Even if the price of iron ore remains low, Australia is still well placed to benefit from this resource in the future.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has announced that the government will not pursue an inquiry into iron ore prices.
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.
Fortescue’s Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest says BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have flooded the market.
AAP Image/Tony McDonough
High cost iron ore producers should either reduce their costs or leave the market if they cannot compete.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is in a nasty squeeze, with Andrew Forrest, founder of Fortescue Metals Group, and some of the other smaller miners on one side, and the big producers, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, on the other.
Tony Abbott has got into a terrible tangle over whether there should be an inquiry into iron ore prices.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says an inquiry into iron ore competition “could make sense”.
While it's easy for the large miners to argue increased iron ore production is business as usual, the overall cost to the sector warrants a closer inspection.
Fortescue Metals Group will change its roster for fly-in, fly-out workers.
AAP Image/Sarah Motherwell
Proposed changes to Fortescue Metals Group's rostering system may signal a trend across the whole industry that could have flow-on effects for regional economies.
Mining magnate Andrew Forrest might be be down $2 billion, but the decline in commodity prices is just one of many factors hurting Tony Abbott’s budget bottom line.
In the wake of a falling iron ore price that has cut his personal fortune by more than A$2 billion, Andrew Forrest has remained unperturbed, saying: “I didn’t count on the way up, and I’m not counting…