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Heap Leach: Mining's breakthrough technology

Vladimir Basov | August 20, 2015
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New techniques for tailings treatment and sulfide ore recovery will see low-cost environmentally friendly heap leaching take another giant leap forward.

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INFOGRAPHIC – On the precipice: Will global markets follow commodities off the cliff?

Visual Capitalist | August 21, 2015
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Today may be the end of this trend of divergence. US equities are at a precipice: fueled by low rates and quantitative easing for years, they have finally started to tumble from record highs.

Avalon Rare Metals begins pilot plant program at lithium asset

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 17, 2015
Avalon Rare Metals begins pilot plant program at lithium asset

The facility aims to test a new lithium minerals process developed by the company over the past year.

Thinking outside the commodity box: Benchmark's investment primer for lithium, cobalt and graphite

The Gold Report | August 11, 2015
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Simon Moores, managing director of London-based Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, and the firm's analyst, Andrew Miller, provide insight into minerals that they say need to shed their labels as traditional commodities and embrace their future as niche, raw-material solutions for a growing list of technology manufacturers.

CRA targeting mining-sector tax havens

Business in Vancouver | August 5, 2015
Vale to pay Brazil $674 million in mining taxes

It’s an issue that the Canadians for Tax Fairness and the Liberal Party of Canada appear to be hoping to make a federal election issue.

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Work continues

Study: New projects need a $3.50 copper price

There are good companies doing promising work. Yes, the news flow is slower than in better markets, but that doesn’t mean it’s crickets out there.

Dodd-Frank: Five years and $1.5 trillion later

Oxfam America | July 15, 2015

In the five years since the Dodd-Frank Act passed, oil produced in developing countries was worth an estimated $1.55 trillion for those governments. But because the landmark US transparency law remains delayed, any payments that flowed to governments took place with limited or no transparency.

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INFOGRAPHIC – Crisis investing: How 14 asset classes performed in times of distress

Visual Capitalist | July 8, 2015
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Today's infographic compares how 14 different asset classes have performed during the last five crises.

Stansberry's Matt Badiali shares his guide to avoiding pitfalls in the climb to resource investing heights

The Gold Report | July 7, 2015
Vancouver explorer rockets on Nevada gold drilling results

Successful resource investors have to make their way past a lot of money pits before they find a stock that will make it to the top.

When it comes to conflict mining regulation, should one size fit all?

Sonal Sinha | July 1, 2015
American businessmen accused of using fake gold mine to get $1m from investors

Conflict mining remains an important issue, and one we are beginning to see governments step in to address in different ways.

Avalon banks on new ‘blood metals’ rule for Canada’s tin mine success

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 30, 2015
Avalon banks on new ‘blood metals’ rule for Canada’s tin mine success

The miner is spending $1.3 million in exploration work aimed to reopen a historic tin-indium mine in Nova Scotia.

The bugs that boost leaching

CSIRO | June 19, 2015

Bacteria, those microscopic organisms, are among the unlikely heroes for researchers and mining companies working to establish economic methods to access difficult to extract or low value ores.

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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.

Europe closes in on conflict minerals

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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.

CFSI enables companies to comply with new EU Conflict Minerals rules

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Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative Expands Geographic Scope, Adopts Risk-Based Approach

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.

EU lawmakers surprise with vote on ‘blood metals’ ban

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 20, 2015
EU lawmakers surprise with vote on ‘blood metals’ ban

The main objective of the legislation is to ensure that profits from those so-called “blood metals” — tungsten, tin, tantalum and gold — do not go to African warlords.

Europe set to adopt voluntary conflict mineral law

Frik Els | May 18, 2015
Europe set to adopt own conflict mineral law

Providing proof of origin of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold near conflict zones voluntary under law to be adopted this week.

Satellite images show Tesla's Gigafactory ambitions

Satellite images show Tesla's Gigafactory ambitions

Tesla will need to purchase at least 7,000 tonnes of spherical graphite, 5,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide, and 1,500 tonnes of cobalt in 2015 ready to begin production by January 2016.

China is burning through its natural resources

Vladimir Basov | April 26, 2015
Slowdown. What slowdown? China's copper, iron ore imports set records

China is the globe's top mining country, but its alarming reserves-to-production ratio is forcing domestic miners to hunt for deals in the rest of the world.

Over 240 mining and energy projects waiting for investors in Cuba

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 21, 2015
Over 240 mining and energy projects waiting for investors in Cuba

Cuba, the world’s sixth largest nickel producer and one of the top 10 nickel mining countries, also holds significant deposits of other minerals and oil, new U.S. Geological Survey report shows.

Apple puts batteries at the centre of its EV masterplan

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence | February 25, 2015
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Law suit exposes Apple's electric vehicle ambitions; Supply chain excellence key to company cutting battery costs and increasing volume for secret EV plan, Project Titan

Here's the timeline for battery commercialization

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence | February 11, 2015
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Big new megafactories coming in 2017.

Lithium, cobalt, graphite tipping point expected in two years: Simon Moores

Michael Allan McCrae | February 3, 2015
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Much bigger batteries will be needed.

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are 'extremely silly' says Elon Musk

Michael Allan McCrae | February 2, 2015
Elon Musk on why Hydrogen fuel cell is dumb

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Baja Mining's long-delayed and almost dead El Boleo finally reaches production

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 23, 2015
Baja Mining's long-delayed and almost dead El Boleo finally reaches production

Red metal output at the mine, over 18 months behind schedule and $750 million over budget, is expected to ramp-up by July.

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