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Two lithium juniors combine in $80 million deal

Michael Allan McCrae | July 2, 2015
Western Lithium and Lithium Americas announce Merger, Consolidating Strategic Lithium Deposits in North and South America

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US Gov’t offers $20 million to projects aimed at recovering rare earths from coal

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 1, 2015
US Gov’t offers $20 million to projects aimed at recovering rare earths from coal

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has been investigating the economic feasibility of recovering the coveted elements from coal.

US bankruptcy judge refuses Molycorp request for loan

Investing.com | June 26, 2015

Molycorp Inc failed to get approval from a U.S. Bankruptcy judge on Friday to borrow about $44 million at the rare earth producer's first bankruptcy hearing.

Dismal state of TSX-V in two crushing graphs

Frik Els | June 25, 2015
Dismal state of TSX-V in two crushing graphs

Bear market is more than 1,000 days old and nearly 1,200 companies have dropped off the Toronto venture market.

Molycorp, Inc. signs restructuring support agreement with key creditors

Molycorp, Inc. | June 25, 2015

The agreement provides for a financial restructuring of the Company's $1.7 billion in debt and provides up to $225 million in gross proceeds in new financing to support operations while the Company completes negotiations with creditors.

Battery grade graphite set for record year

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China’s output of spherical graphite has continued to go from strength to strength in Q2 2015 on the back of strong lithium ion battery demand from Asia.

Paul Renken's gold, graphite and REE names poised for gains

The Gold Report | June 23, 2015

In this interview with The Gold Report, Renken suggests some of his favorite graphite and rare earth names, as well as a handful of gold equity picks.

The rare earth challenge

CSIRO | June 18, 2015
One in ten Australian mining professionals unemployed

While not especially rare and not really earths, there is no doubting the difficulties in mining and processing the rare earth group of metals, or their importance to the global economy.

Visual Capitalist

INFOGRAPHIC: Every Chinese overseas investment over $100m visualized

Visual Capitalist | June 17, 2015
China's stake in rare earths market shrinking

Showing over 1,250 attempted transactions, this list includes both successful and failed attempts in order to visualize the ebb and flow of Chinese investments up until mid-2014.

Rick Rule: When interviewing companies investors should start by asking—"What’s your liquidation value?"

Sprott's Thoughts | June 15, 2015
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Rick Rule, Chairman of Sprott US Holdings, recounts how a small mining event led to a career-changing investment.

Mine financing: 2015 off to dismal start

Frik Els | June 11, 2015
Mine financing: 2015 off to dismal start

A third of money raised is destined for Canadian projects while Australia's share of global total drops to only 5%.

INFOGRAPHIC: Geopolitical risks are climbing – interstate conflict is top risk in 2015

Visual Capitalist | June 11, 2015
Top forecaster says geopolitics main gold price driver

Over the last decade economic events or environmental issues came out as top risks to the world according to the annual WEF survey. Not this year.

EPA releases EJSCREEN, an environmental justice screening and mapping tool

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released EJSCREEN, an environmental justice screening and mapping tool that uses high resolution maps combined with demographic and environmental data to identify places with potentially elevated environmental burdens and vulnerable populations.

Europe closes in on conflict minerals

DRC copper uncertainty

An annual list that reveals the names of mineral smelters that do not use raw materials linked with criminal gangs is at the heart of Europe’s push to clean up the world’s mining industry.

Most US mining and natural resources jobs lost in six years

Frik Els | June 5, 2015
Most US mining and natural resources jobs lost in six years

Mining and logging was the big exception in Friday's payroll numbers with 18,000 jobs lost in May, the worst month since the global financial crisis.

Chile may be China’s next competitor in the rare earths market

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 4, 2015
Chile may be China’s next competitor in the rare earths market

Chilean company Mineria Activa is stepping up efforts to grab some of that market in a much greener way than China,

The world’s top 40 miners saw returns hitting decade-low in 2014 — report

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 4, 2015
The world’s top 40 miners saw returns hitting decade-low in 2014 — report

They shed $156 billion in market value last year, or about 16% of their combined worth, according to PwC.

Visual Capitalist

INFOGRAPHIC: A cost comparison – lithium brine vs. hard rock exploration

Visual Capitalist | June 2, 2015

Lithium brine exploration has several benefits associated with it from a cost perspective.

IMAGE GALLERY: Potash ponds in the Utah desert

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 2, 2015
IMAGE GALLERY: Potash ponds in the Utah desert

To the non-expert eye they may seem a set of mirages, but these turquoise-purple-pink visions are what ground-level potash ponds look like near Arches National Park.

Stans Energy kicks off fresh legal actions over Kyrgyzstan's $118 million pending payment

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 2, 2015
Stans Energy kicks off fresh legal actions over Kyrgyzstan's $118 million pending payment

The Canadian rare earths junior is appealing a Moscow court decision of Moscow City Arbitrazh Court of not allowing it to obtain a sum related to the loss of its Kutessay II mine.

How to ride the lithium battery boom: JGL Partners' Jonathan Lee

The Energy Report | June 2, 2015

Lee tells The Energy Report that he expects double-digit compound annual growth rates over the next few years as battery prices continue to fall and demand rises.

Molycorp stock collapses after missing $32.5M interest payment

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 1, 2015
Molycorp stock collapses as it misses $32.5M interest payment

Skipping the loan repayment could lead to the U.S. rare earths miner bankruptcy.

INFOGRAPHIC: Lunar gold rush — How moon mining could work

911Metallurgist | May 28, 2015

Across history, human development has relied upon the finite resources available on Earth. But the moon – a seemingly barren rock – may actually be a treasure trove of rare resources vital to Earth’s future.

Tesla Storage announcement is another piece of the puzzle in renewable energy hybrid markets

THEnergy observes increasing interest in storage solutions from industrial off-grid end-customers and project developers.

US Congress passes bill on space mining

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 22, 2015
US Congress passes bill on space mining

Welcome to the future.

Can the mining industry diversify itself?

The mining industry is said to be one of the worst performers in matters of gender diversity. In fact, women represent only 16% of the workforce in the mining sector.

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