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Lloyd's of London to divest from coal over climate change

Lloyd’s of London, the world’s oldest insurance market, has become the latest financial firm to announce that it plans to stop investing in coal companies.

Fukushima operator can restart nuclear reactors at world's biggest plant

The operator of Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been given initial approval to restart reactors at another atomic facility, marking the first step towards the firm’s return to nuclear power generation more than six years after the March 2011 triple meltdown.

Renewables generated triple the power of coal in 2017, UK figures show

British wind farms generated more electricity than coal plants on more than 75% of days this year.

Newcastle: world's biggest coal export port announces shift away from coal

Newcastle, the world’s largest coal export port, must “urgently” diversify its traffic, the port’s incoming chairman has said, warning that the “long-term outlook for coal is a threat to the port”.

Dutch parliament votes to close down country's coal industry

The Dutch parliament has voted for a 55% cut in CO2 emissions by 2030, which would require the closure of all the country’s coal-fired power plants.

Surge in gold prices brings no change in fortune for Madagascar's miners

Lack of investment and regulation means life is hard for the men, women and children panning for tiny fragments of gold along the island’s river beds.

Full of holes: why Australia's mining boom will leave permanent scars

Australia is teetering on the edge of a massive hole – one left by huge mines that may soon close.

Australian mining company denies role in murder of South African activist

An Australian-owned mining company has denied any link to the murder of an activist leading a campaign against its plans to mine titanium in South Africa.

Biggest fall in Chinese exports in seven years hits UK mining shares

Official figures released in Beijing showed that exports in February were down 25.4% on a year earlier, the worst performance since May 2009

Colombian court bans oil, gas and mining operations in paramos

Colombia’s Constitutional Court has ruled against a controversial legal loophole permitting oil, gas and mining operations in the country’s paramos - high altitude eco-systems.

Sudans new gold rush: miners risk their lives in search of riches

With the economy in tatters, the government has opened the country to prospectors operating without regulations or oversight.

Battle over coal mine reveals Russian billionaire's UK links

A British private equity firm is battling for the return of a £250m mine in Russia it believes was transferred illegally to a company linked to a Siberian billionaire.

Traditional land owner tells court Adani misled tribunal over mine's benefits

A traditional owner of the site of Australia’s largest proposed coal mine has alleged in court that Indian miner Adani misled a tribunal that cleared the way for the mine.

British potash mine to shed 220 jobs

Britain’s only potash mine is cutting hundreds of jobs and switching away from potash production in a further blow to industry in north-east England.

Glencore: how did it go so wrong, again?

Glasenberg’s perceived arrogance has irked and magnified his misjudgments on how the financial markets might move.

To avoid further strife, Afghanistan should leave its copper in the ground: Antony Loewenstein

Afghanis say that since the Aynak copper mine was set up, their lives have become plagued with conflict and environmental destruction.

How renewable energy in South Africa is quietly stealing a march on coal

The howling wind drives the turbines, their blades bent back from the force as they spin in the evening light and send electricity to local villages in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.

Canada's Kinross Gold spied on opponents and activists in Brazil

The company's ambitions to create most productive gold mine in Brazil plagued by health risks and threats to activists and opponents.

China's coal imports fall nearly half in 12 months as anti-pollution drive bites

A slowing economy and tougher environmental checks to curb chronic air pollution problems are behind the 42% drop in imports.

Norway's sovereign wealth fund drops over 50 coal companies

Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), the world’s richest sovereign wealth fund, divested from over 50 coal companies in 2014, new analysis has revealed.

North Korea digging ever deeper to keep its economy afloat

The sharp fall in global commodity prices is starting to have an impact on North Korea, economists say, hurting a state that relies heavily on exports of minerals to keep its economy afloat – and its gargantuan military funded.

Australian uranium 'could end up in India’s nuclear weapons program'

Australian uranium could end up in India’s nuclear weapons program thanks to concessions the Abbott government made in the deal between the two countries, two nuclear experts have warned.

Obama’s conflict minerals law has destroyed everything, say Congo miners

When his father could no longer make enough money from the tin mine, when he could no longer pay for school, Bienfait Kabesha ran off and joined a militia.

Iron ore and rare earth metals mining: an industry under siege?

Resource scarcity and human rights issues surrounding metals extraction, coupled with unrelenting global demand mean the industry is facing some tough realities.

Australia's housing boom offsets collapse in mining jobs

Is the transition complete?