Mining

Mine building Yellowknife Northwest Territories Canada

Undermining the watercycle

Hannibal Rhoades
Sara Campanales
| 22nd March 2019
A critical appraisal of the mining industry’s contributions to the global water crisis, on World Water Day 2019 and in the wake of recent disasters.

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Brazilian dam disaster 'is part of a pattern'

Daniela del Bene
Yannick Deniau
Beatriz Saes
EnvJustice
| 14th March 2019
A team of Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) academics is marking the international day of action for rivers by hanging out the dirty laundry of a very dirty company.

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Newly discovered hummingbird threatened

Staff Reporter
| 6th February 2019
The Blue-throated Hillstar can only be found on a remote series of mountaintops in southern Ecuador but mining corporations have gained the rights to mine its habitat to extract metals.

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Gypsum mine

Mining in the UK: Part I

Dawn Stevenson
| 4th February 2019
The UK Government and industry players are looking to revitalise domestic mining, placing communities and ecosystems under threat.

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jade gemstone

Jade is anything but green

Nick Meynen
| 3rd December 2018
Ancient Asian art gave jade gemstones a cult status. But today, nothing in the extraction of jade is even remotely morally correct or justifiable.

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Ecuador rainforest stream

Why Ecuador's rich biodiversity is under threat from mining interests

John Seed
| 1st March 2018
The first country in the world write the 'rights of nature' or 'Pachamama' into its constitution is now being decimated by mining companies, argues JOHN SEED of The Rainforest Information Centre. The people of Ecuador, their government and the international community need to work together to preserve the country's unique ecosystems

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Architect's drawing of proposed new mine

A new deep coal mine deep under the sea? Next to Sellafield? Really?

Sam Moisha
| 5th February 2018
The first deep coal mine in Britain for thirty years is being proposed at Whitehaven, with the promise of new jobs in an old mining community. But the site is within five miles of Sellafield. Activists are concerned both about the definite contribution to climate change, as well as the potential threat of a nuclear accident. SAM MOISHA sets out their concerns

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The Dongria Kondh tribe

Environmental protests succeed 20 percent of the time and 'compensation' rarely stops communities, research finds

Joan Martinez-Alier
| 31st January 2018
Protects against the extraction of fossil fuels and other natural resources - ecological distribution conflicts - cannot simply be resolved by payments of compensation. That is because for most people outside of the corporate boardroom, money is not the primary concern. JOAN MARTINEZ ALIER, a leading academic, investigates

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The Bambas mine

Academic research confirms - more mining leads to more fighting

Mario Pérez-Rincón
Nick Meynen
| 9th January 2018
A recent academic study examined the data relating to growth in mining exports and the growth in environmental conflicts across Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. The correlation is almost perfect. MARIO PEREZ-RINCON and NICK MEYNEN examine how 'victims' of such conflict can become environmental ‘warriors’.

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The view across an opencast mine

From the valleys to the beaches - new coal mines bring fear not hope

Mat Hope
| 4th December 2017
The opencast coal mine at Ffos-y-Fran near Merthyr Tydfil in Wales is the UK’s largest - and has produced eight million tonnes of coal. Now Miller Argent, the owner and operator, wants to extend the mine. Banks Mining has applied for planning permission to begin a new mine at Highthorn, in Northumberland. The application will go before Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, today. MAT HOPE of DeSmog UK spoke to the people most affected.

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