Small-scale gold mining operations in developing countries are major sources of toxic mercury pollution, using techniques that haven't changed much since the California Gold Rush 150 years ago.
Our environmental laws work in the favour of mining interests – even when the industry itself claims otherwise.
Queensland's new human rights act has opened the door for a flood of climate change litigation.
The threat posed by COVID-19 on mines is considerable. The main reasons are cramped working conditions underground, transportation in packed cages, and a high incidence of other respiratory diseases.
As sand markets boom, entrepreneurs, organized crime and others are cashing in — leaving widespread environmental damage in their wake.
Other economic collapses have affected the mining industry, but the one spurred by the coronavirus pandemic is unusual.
Australia is a member of the 1979 Moon Treaty, which sets rules for resource extraction from outer space. Now that the Trump administration is eyeing moon mining, will Australian companies join in?
In my 30 years of research, I keep uncovering long-standing environmental issues the mining industry doesn't seem to learn from.
We might need to ignore climate change right now if only to save our sanity, but it certainly hasn’t been ignoring us.
Empatheatre's latest production is more than a play about three characters who live near the sea. It's a model for collective consultation on how to save the ocean.
Mathematical modelling is capable of saving lives, assisting in policy and decision-making, and optimising economic growth.
Dams built to hold enormous quantities of toxic mining waste have a long history of spills. Decisions in the Pacific Northwest threaten three free-flowing rivers there.
Ontario's approach to assessing the environmental impacts of mining in the Ring of Fire region couldn't address concerns about the cumulative consequences of development.
Wind turbines and solar farms need a lot of raw materials. Australia can supply some, but we need to do it sustainably.
There are 60,000 abandoned mines in Australia. How do we restore them so that animals return? A researcher's epic fieldwork project in WA's Mid West could help provide the answers.
The law missed the opportunity to address misuse of mineral royalties and increase transparency as well as accountability in mineral royalty management.
Non-living nature such as rocks, landforms, soil and water form the Earth's 'geodiversity' - a crucial part of the planet's life support system.
We can use renewable energy to turn raw ore into higher-value processed metals, and that's good for jobs and exports.
New research reveals remarkable evidence of a copper-mining bonanza in Wales that was so productive the metal reached France, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.
Government leadership is needed to manage the aquifer as a system for all, including environmental services, rather than for the powerful few.