Valentina Ruiz Leotaud

Valentina Ruiz Leotaud is a Venezuela-born multimedia and multiplatform journalist. She has 10 years of work experience covering local and international news, as well as arts and culture information for different media outlets and platforms. She holds a Master's Degree in journalism from the University of British Columbia and was a fellow of the International Reporting Program.

Importance of rare earth metals mining makes it into COP24

Experts agree that resources are the missing link in the climate debate.

Miners operating in Colombia accused of forcing people off their land

According to Forjando Futuros foundation, the forced displacement was ordered by the companies but executed by either the National Army or the guerrilla.

Melting gold at room temperature is a thing now

The discovery came as a fluke.

New Mexican president asked to solve issue with former mine workers in two weeks

Initially, workers linked to the Los Mineros Union planned to launch a protest action on December 1st, López Obrador's inauguration day.

Peru’s gold, silver, copper output falls

On the positive side, the Andean country's iron ore production grew by 66.8% when compared to the previous year.

Gold, silver and iron slowly created during the Big Bang

Australian scientists say that although the supernova explosion was violent it wasn’t as turbulent and quick as previously thought.

DRC cobalt deposits not 'that old'

By analyzing the age of known deposits, researchers get clues of where to find unexplored ones.

Mexican senator to work against proposed changes to mining code

Armando Guadiana said the changes make no sense as most provisions already exist in other laws.

Gold production to grow in the next four years: report

According to Fitch Solutions, slightly higher prices and stronger company financial positions are encouraging greater mine investment.

Foraco’s camp in Niger attacked by terrorists

An unnamed source told Reuters that the assailants were believed to belong to Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram.

Montana Resources uses high tech to solve bird problem

Since the mid-1990s, the company has run a waterfowl observation and hazing program at its 182-hectare Berkeley Pit but in late 2016, several thousand snow geese died at the toxic pit.

Iran to develop small-scale gold mines

The Hassan Rouhani government is kickstarting a program for the revitalization, activation, and development of the country’s artisanal mines.

Silver becomes key component for ultra-efficient solar cells

"This constitutes a first step towards the production of novel electrodes for highly efficient solar cells and lights.”

Yamana will continue to invest in Argentina: exec

Earlier this year, Yamana announced a hike in its exploration budget to $11.2 million from the previous $9 million.

Resolution Copper destroys historic smelter in Arizona

According to the company, the chimney stack was structurally unsound and posed a significant threat to safety.

Brazil dismantles illegal mines in the Amazon

The unregulated operations were installed in Jamanxim and Río Novo National Parks.

British Columbia revises law that regulates the environmental assessment of major resource projects

The Canadian western province wants to provide a "clear and timely path for the approval of responsible resource projects."

Vale and Emirates Steel sign major deal

Emirates Steel requires inputs of around 6 million tonnes of iron ore pellets per year.

Maduro blasts new US sanctions on Venezuelan gold

Nicolas Maduro said the sanctions are "crazy" and "schizophrenic."

Google honours Canadian geologist

Joseph Burr Tyrrell not only discovered the Albertosaurus sarcophagus, he also had a prolific career in mining.

How to find mineral deposits at the edges of ancient continents

Hint: you just need to chart the life cycle of sulphur.

Zimbabwe’s government to give mining claims to artisanal diamond miners

Villagers living around the Marange diamond fields would benefit.

Protesters force Aura Minerals to suspend operations in Honduras

The company says limited access to a new area it wants to exploit makes the San Andrés mine unprofitable.

Silver boosts treatment for brain-eating bug

The precious metal can help save lives.

Almost 400,000 migrants left Angola in massive diamond crackdown

The government says that diamonds worth more than $1 million had been seized in the course of Operation Transparency.