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.
This week, our experts are looking at the major trends in post-crisis globalisation.
You've heard of compulsory purchase orders for houses, but few realise it has sometimes happened with the world's favourite precious metal.
Long before COVID-19, central banks were lining their stores for winter.
Other economic collapses have affected the mining industry, but the one spurred by the coronavirus pandemic is unusual.
Is the UK economy booming or are the statistics being twisted out of shape by the shuffling of gold bullion?
The law missed the opportunity to address misuse of mineral royalties and increase transparency as well as accountability in mineral royalty management.
The Trump administration is supporting new mines in Alaska and Minnesota that many opponents say could devastate sensitive areas around them.
Efforts to regulate the lucrative mining venture are not proving successful due to collusion and corruption.
Gold is one of 12 confirmed elements on the periodic table whose discoverer is unknown.
Studies show a weak relationship between tip amounts and quality of service. But the color gold seems to have a way of making diners feel wealthier – and more generous.
In just a few years, Burkina Faso has become the fourth largest gold exporter in Africa. But with 43% of the population still below the poverty line, what are the local benefits?
Increases in gold prices on world commodities markets are linked to fewer surviving girls in India. This is related to gold often being part of bridal dowries.
Bitcoin's rise and fall to date already makes it one of the greatest market bubbles in history. In turbulent times, some have suggested it as a substitute for gold, but it lacks some vital attributes.
Gold can be used to make jewelry, but also to fight cancer. Several clinical trials are currently underway in the United States where patients are being treated with gold nanoparticles.
The fate of Bitcoin’s fate is highly unpredictable and dependent on what governments will do in the future.
The discovery of gold in California 170 years ago was a turning point in global history. The gold rushes are not mere historic footnotes – they continue to influence the world in which we live today.
Hailie Selassie thought his country's gold could rival the biggest deposits in the world. He may be proven right.
Why some corporations are quick to respond to criticism, and others hide away.
The precious metal is literally extra-terrestrial, produced in the heart of the stars. How and under what conditions? Scientists know more thanks to a double astrophysical observation.