Kerry Hall

Kerry Hall is a Vancouver-based journalist. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists as well as the Editors’ Association of Canada.

Lucara sells 239 carat rough diamond for $5.75m

The whole tender of 15 gems sold for $24.85 million.

Sweden bulldozes town to reach more iron ore

About 35% of the town will move, including 65% of the apartments, over the course of several years.

Geologists discover new gold-copper mine in China

The resources is said to hold about 53 tonnes of gold and 31 tonnes of copper.

Scientists identify cheap, permanent solution for carbon dioxide removal

Ammonium salts could speed up natural carbon mineralization.

BMO predicts diamond prices to rise 6% per year

Growing consumer demand in China and India combined with scarcer supplies will drive the market.

Vale reduces forecast by 30% for coal exports from Mozambique

Bad weather, labour disputes and lack of infrastructure have slowed output.

Malawi launches exploration for rare earth metals, natural gas

The government chose an Australian company to explore the country's southern region.

United Nations publishes first plan for deep sea mining

Companies could apply for mining licences as soon as 2016 to extract gold, copper and more.

Ghana creates new task force to fight illegal mining

Government vows to pursue both foreigners and locals involved with bad practices in gold and diamond extraction.

South Africa's National Mineworkers Union proposes big wage increases

NUM wants earnings to go up from $530 to $850 per month for underground workers.

Haiti revising outdated mining laws

The World Bank is assisting the government to revamp legislation from 1976.

Labour strife continues at South African mines

The city of Rustenberg (pictured) is the centre of South Africa's platinum belt where mineworkers are keeping up job action.

Lonmin's South African mine resumes operation after strike

Talks between labour and management continue.

Afghanistan starts new commercial oil production in July

The China National Petroleum Corporation will operate the project.

BC rejects new coal mine for Vancouver Island

Compliance Energy Corp.'s application found deficient by the provincial environmental assessment office.

Potash producer Mosaic to remain independent

Company must first settle its split with former owner Cargill.

VIDEO: Aureus Mining sets up Liberia's first commercial gold mine

The company expects to extract 120,000 ounces per year over eight years.

Coloured gem market mysterious and poorly understood

VIDEO: The precious coloured stones are just as valuable as diamonds.

Gold worth $625,000 stolen from Miami airport

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the theft.

Geoscientists find oldest water on Earth in underground mine

The ancient pool dates back about 2.67 billion years and pre-dates the existence of multicellular life.

'Perfect' diamond sells for $26.7m at auction

The flawless 101.73 carat gem set a new world price record.

Scientists discover new non-toxic gold mining method

The procedure is inexpensive and environmentally benign.

Canada launches major research initiative to improve mining success

The joint public-private partnership project is worth more than $11 million and will last five years.

Rio Tinto's $1.4bn bauxite mine approved in Australia

Project on the Cape York peninsula could produce up to 50 million tonnes per year.

US Appalachian coal industry suffering

Declining reserves, higher production costs and increased competition putting pressure on the region.