Stunning mosaic of oxidised copper in the form of azurite (blue) and malachite (green) in a rock.
Using geology and AI, a virtual model of how the Earth’s tectonic plates have evolved can help reveal deposits of copper.
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Complex questions over environmental protection and resource extraction require the signatories to give the future of the treaty much more serious attention.
A child plays in a street in the port village of Paquitequete near Pemba, northern Mozambique. The region suffered decades of neglect, and major gas projects have failed to deliver local benefits.
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The development strategy based on foreign investment in natural resources projects has not delivered economic growth or security. What’s needed is an inclusive vision based on local realities.
People displaced by the atacks on the town of Palma, northern Mozambique, flee to safety with meagre possessions.
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The conflict has put a temporary lid on plans that have been in the making for more than a decade since rich liquefied natural gas reserves were discovered in the Rovuma Basin.
A building designed to be easily taken apart so the components can be reused is a model for much less wasteful construction. It reduces resource use and environmental impacts, and can be cheaper too.
From take-make-waste to reuse, repair and remanufacture.
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Wind turbines and solar farms need a lot of raw materials. Australia can supply some, but we need to do it sustainably.
Old buildings aren’t just waste – the materials can be reused to create the cities of the future.
Helium is a vital element in several industries, and a global shortage could have devastating effects.
Renewed helium exploration in Western Canada may provide new sources to address the global shortage.
In a growing world with an increasing population with ever-greater needs, it is high time to find a balanced solution for our activities. Nature provides us with the template.
The discovery of oil can make or break a country’s economy.
With ExxonMobil set to begin oil production in Guyana next year, this tiny South American country will soon become unthinkably rich. But neighboring Venezuela shows how an oil boom can go bust.
No, please, after you.
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People may be more willing to share scarce resources they really need than apocalyptic Hollywood movies may suggest.
Local communities need to know that old coal seam gas wells aren’t going to cause ongoing problems.
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The coal seam gas industry and its regulators still have work to do in persuading local communities that old wells can be decommissioned without future problems, according to new CSIRO research.
Development is peaking in the high country between India and China.
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For decades, China and India have clashed over their disputed Himalayan border. This clash is also playing out via a development boom that threatens the health of one of the world’s biggest river catchments.
Before taking that tempting upgrade, ask yourself if it’s really necessary.
The most sustainable phone is the one you already own. But if you’re in the market for a new handset, consider choosing one with replaceable parts to avoid having to replace the whole thing again.
A Chinese road-building corporation felling rainforest in the Congo Basin.
Chinese investment is driving an unprecedented investment boom in global infrastructure. But despite its claims to be pursuing green development, China’s building bonanza is harming the planet.
Cities like Melbourne are a store for such huge amounts of resources that they could be used as urban mines.
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With an ever-increasing cost to extract dwindling raw materials, it’s time to look at cities as urban mines. We’re developing the tools to do that.
What happens when the gap between a company and its umbrella group gets too wide? We’re about to find out.
Margaret Morton’s photographs of the homeless highlighted their makeshift dwellings as symbols of creativity and resourcefulness.
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Even though they don’t consistently have a roof over their heads, the homeless do their best to create a routine, form communities and make a home – just like the rest of society.
BHP will go back to the future following the move to ditch “Billiton” from it’s name.
BHP’s rebrand is unlikely to affect the bottom line, research shows. But if it improves relations with politicians and voters, it would still be a success.