University of British Columbia

New biofuel technology cuts production time significantly

UBC Okanagan researcher helps develop cheaper and faster bioreactors

Canadian scientists identify bacteria linked to acid produced at mining sites

Researchers at the Canadian University of British Columbia (UBC) have isolated organisms that cause acid-rock drainage in mining operations.

Goodbye, mad hatter: UBC expert promotes safer gold mining

Small-scale or artisanal mining is responsible for producing around 400 tonnes of gold a year worldwide. It supports 160 million people, including about 16 million who are directly involved in mining. But because most small-scale miners rely on mercury to extract gold (big mining companies no longer use mercury), the waste runoffs from the mines end up polluting the air and nearby waterways.