Artisanal gold mining is highly organised and rule-bound. Men, women and even children participate a hierarchy sustained by a web of buyers, sponsors and customers.
For centuries, Pacific Islands have been raided by mining interests with little to show for it. Harnessing their enormous green mineral wealth must be done justly.
Militias mete out violence far from the centres of power – but their dirty work is politically useful.
While many people rely on written signage to find their way around, oral language plays a significant role in giving directions in rural areas.
The project threatens catastrophic harm to one of the world’s most important river systems, and the people who depend on it.
Solar panels and electric cars come with their own environmental trade-offs like increased mining and extraction.
In today’s episode, we hear from two women who talk about how diamond mines in the Northwest Territories have negatively impacted women and girls and perpetuated gender violence.
Environmentalists are worried the shift to green energy means damage from more mines. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Coltan is indispensable to the making of modern electronic devices but its mining causes human and environmental disasters in the DR Congo.
Current trends suggest that powerful nations are defining the rules of resource use in space and satellite access in ways that will make it hard for developing nations to ever catch up.
‘Living with COVID-19’ has much higher risks for Nunatsiavut Inuit communities than many other areas. Recognizing those risks is crucial as mining operations resume in Newfoundland and Labrador.
While marketing has made diamond rings a symbol of heteronormative happy endings, women from the Northwest Territories tell a different story about their experiences with the diamond mines.
Simple economic modelling shows the mining industry would benefit from a carbon tax.
A new geochemical discovery could lead to a cleaner way to extract the rare earth elements needed for the transition to renewable energy.
New technologies will enable steel production without coal. Australia stands to benefit greatly in the shift to green steel – if we’re ready.
Coal-mining communities are disappearing in the UK so it’s more important than ever to authentically document their way of life.
For over 40 years, a coal mine on the outskirts of the Blue Mountains World Heritage area dumped poorly treated wastewater into the Wollangambe River. Finally, it’s on the road to recovery.
New research finds Queensland’s laws fail to protect private conservation areas from the hidden impacts of mining on groundwater.
The Ring of Fire Regional Assessment is Canada’s first opportunity to apply new legislative tools to co-operating with Indigenous jurisdictions. But the government is messing up.
Canada could become a global leader in the supply of materials needed for renewable energy systems if it finds ways to control the environmental footprints associated with their extraction.