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NCPA publishes U.S. map of successful anti-fracking campaigns

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Research shows campaigns to ban fracking are widespread.

Catastrophic mine waste spills increasing in frequency, severity and cost world-wide

EarthWorks | July 29, 2015

On 1st anniversary of North America’s worst mine waste disaster, failures shown to be global trend attributable to industry & regulatory failure to implement best practices.

Economic slump, not drop in coal use, responsible for U.S. carbon emissions fall

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 22, 2015
Economic slump, not drop in coal use, responsible for U.S. carbon emissions fall

Findings of a new research show the 11% fall in carbon emissions between 2007 and 2013 was caused mainly by depressed market conditions.

Saxony develops new resource technologies for Rare Earth Elements

G.U.B. Ingenieur AG | July 21, 2015

Scientists and engineers develop innovative technologies for enhanced resource efficiency of critical technology metals.

Canadian provinces to cut fuel use, boost tidal energy

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 21, 2015
Canadian provinces to cut fuel use, boost tidal energy

The deals represent two ground-breaking initiatives to make Canada’s mining industry more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly.

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Nexen’s oil sands pipeline leak one of Canada’s largest ever

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 17, 2015
Nexen’s oil sands pipeline leak one of Canada’s largest ever

A day after reporting a significant jump in the number of pipeline failures, the Alberta Energy Regulator is now investigating one of the biggest ruptures in the province in years.

Planetary Resources' first spacecraft begins testing asteroid prospecting technology

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 16, 2015
Planetary Resources' first spacecraft begins testing asteroid prospecting technology

The Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) will spent its three-month orbiting mission sending back data to a group of scientists based at the firm’s headquarters in Redmond, WA.

Suncor Energy tests use of radio waves instead of water at oil sands

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 14, 2015
Suncor Energy tests use of radio waves instead of water at oil sands

Instead of high-pressure steam, Canada's largest oil and gas producer wants to send radio waves down to heat the bitumen.

This tiny US mining town began burning 52 years ago and never stopped

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 8, 2015
This tiny US mining town began burning 52 years ago and never stopped

The former mining town of Centralia, in Pennsylvania, has been on fire since 1962, when a coal seam running into a mine shaft set on fire. It hasn't stopped ever since.

UNESCO asks Canada to check impact of oil sands projects on national park

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 1, 2015
UNESCO asks Canada to check impact of oil sands projects on national park

The move comes in response to a petition filed by Fort Chipewyan’s Mikisew Cree First Nation last month, asking for help protecting the park.

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.

Over 12,000 children rescued from illegal gold mines in Tanzania

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 30, 2015
Over 12,000 child workers rescued from illegal gold mines in Tanzania

The country bans child labour in mines, but critics say the government has not done enough to stop illegal operations from exploiting minors.

BHP cuts another 140 jobs over abandoned Olympic Dam expansion plans

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 25, 2015
BHP cuts another 140 jobs over abandoned Olympic Dam expansion plans

The cuts at the Adelaide support office for the Olympic Dam operations come about six months after BHP scrapped about 90 permanent positions and 210 contractor jobs.

Ghana urged to end child labour in gold mines

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 10, 2015
Ghana urged to end child labour in gold mines

A rights group estimates that thousands of children as young as nine are working in the country's gold mines, violating international and local laws, as well as risking their lives.

World Coal Association urges G7 leaders to invest more in cleaner technologies

MINING.com Editor | June 10, 2015
World Coal Association urges G7 leaders to invest more in cleaner technologies

The industry body said that instead of fighting fossil fuels, industrialized nations should try to make them cleaner.

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.

US Congress passes bill on space mining

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

Welcome to the future.

Duke Energy pleads guilty to coal ash pollution charges, to pay $102 million

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 15, 2015
Duke Energy pleads guilty to coal ash pollution charges, to pay $102 million

The U.S. largest electrical utility, has pleaded guilty to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act for polluting four major rivers with coal ash.

Mount Polley mining disaster caused major changes to ecosystem — study

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 6, 2015
Mount Polley mining disaster cause major changes to ecosystem — study

It also says it is still too early to determine long-term impacts on fish and drinking water.

This plant may be the best diamond-finding tool you’ll ever have

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 4, 2015
This plant may be the best diamond-finding tool you’ll ever have

American geophysicist and Fulbright scholar, Stephen Haggerty, has found a new prickly, palm-like plant that seems to grow only on top of kimberlite pipes.

Codelco to send robots inspect equipment at Gabriela Mistral mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 28, 2015
Codelco to send robots inspect equipment at Gabriela Mistral mine

The company, dealing with aging mines, has been leaning on a wide range of new technologies to reduce operating costs and increase efficiencies.

This is what the world’s largest underground mine looks like

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 10, 2015
This is what the world’s largest underground mine looks like

MINING.com visited Chile’s El Teniente mine, the world's largest underground copper operation and the sixth biggest copper mine by reserve size.

BHP axing up to 300 Olympic Dam jobs

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 30, 2015
BHP axing up to 300 Olympic Dam jobs

The decision caps off a dreadful month for South Australia’s mining sector.

Here is how metal-eating bacteria may make asteroid mining profitable

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 29, 2015
Here is why metal-eating bacteria may make asteroid mining profitable

The technique, known as biomining, is already being tested here on Earth as a sustainable treatment of ores and mine waste.

China’s alleged intentions to mine Antarctica spark global debate

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 21, 2015
China’s alleged intentions to mine Antarctica spark global debate

New evidence has emerged of China's interest in digging for oil, gas a minerals in the frozen continent.

Fish sperm a ‘key ingredient’ to recycling rare earth elements

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 19, 2015
Fish sperm a ‘key ingredient’ to recycling rare earth elements

Japanese scientists have developed a process that uses salmon sperm to mine and reprocess rare earth elements (REEs).

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