Rare Earth Mining News

Moon Express ready for first private lunar trip after raising another $20M

The private space exploration firm has enough money to hit the moon by the end of 2017.

US mines produced an estimated $74.6 billion in minerals last year

The country, however, was 100% import reliant on 20 mineral commodities, including rare earths, manganese and niobium, which are among a suite of materials often designated as “critical” or “strategic.”

Frank Holmes: Time to grab the commodity bull market by the horns

Frank discusses the gold and bond markets and how they have been driven by global uncertainty.

The lithium supply and demand story

Why lithium? Great question. In my opinion, it's simultaneously the simplest and most complex metal.

UN court won’t dismiss Stans Energy claims against Kyrgyz Republic

The decision means the $210 million arbitration against the Kyrgyz Republic will advance to the merits stage, the Canadian junior said.

Rare metal mining goes to new heights (and depths)

In the pursuit of gold and other rare metals, mining operators are beginning to explore far-flung sites — from the depths of our oceans to outer space.

International Lithium Corp. announces strategic changes

International Lithium Corp. announces that Kirill Klip, the President of ILC, has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, such that he will act as the CEO, President and Chairman of the Company.

Chile injects $975 million into state-owned copper giant Codelco

Moves is expected to help the copper giant cope with a recently passed law that forces it to give 10% of its revenues to the armed forces.

Infographic – The history of solar energy, going back to 4,000 B.C.

Harvesting the power of the sun has been a human endeavor since the beginning of civilization.

This start-up plans to be a top lithium miner in the UK

Cornish Lithium Limited is hoping to lead the development of a lithium industry in the UK after acquiring the rights to drill for the mineral in the ancient mining region of Cornwall.

BC court fight over treaty vs mineral rights

Companies claim land transfer is de facto expropriation without consultation.

Scientists say mining e-waste may be an economical option

The Canadian team says recovering metals such as copper and rare earths from LED lights may turn to be an economical option soon.

Private capital rotating into mining and metals

Private capital funds raised $2.1 billion for mining and metals investment in 2016 – this year 13 funds are targeting $10 billion says new study.

World Bank on a Trump economy and commodities

World Bank's 2017 outlook says US impact on commodity markets diminished, but it's still number 1 for oil and number 2 in copper, aluminum and lead.

‘Trump effect’ on resurgent Iranian mining sector close to none — analysts

Any re-instatement of sanctions will, if at all, pose minimal additional hurdles to new investors, BMI Research says.

China to become net importer of some rare earths

New study says after lengthy and painful adjustment, rare earth industry will return to growth led by global government initiatives around green energy.

Canadian Wealth Minerals to acquire Chile’s Laguna Verde lithium project

The project, known as Laguna Verde, is located in the country’s north, known for its vast salt flats under which experts say there is enough of the commodity to supply the world for decades.

Vanadium redox flow batteries: the next big wave after lithium batteries

One of the largest issues with wind and solar energy sources is the need to store and release the electrical energy produced. A promising storage technology is vanadium redox flow batteries that will increase the demand for vanadium.

Capital allocation: Canadian miners' top priority for 2017

With fluctuating commodity prices, the top priorities for Canadian miners next year will be capital allocation, strategic deal making and employing new technology and innovations, a report shows.

Chinese-Korean group to build $2 billion lithium batteries plant in Chile

Based on the conglomerate's estimates, opening such plant would increase value of the product 35 times, comparing to what it could be obtained by just selling it as lithium carbonate.

Mining accidents in China to spike as country digs more coal

In the last week alone, seven miners have been killed and 22 others remain trapped, following two accidents in local coal operations.

China the centre of lithium universe

Beijing is pushing for zev mandate: 8% of new cars to be electric by 2018, 12% by 2020.

CHART: Mining capex decline set to continue

Global miners have been cutting spending on new projects and expansions since 2012.

Australian rare earths company picks construction contractor

Potentially the first rare earths mine outside China to recover heavy rare earth elements passed another milestone this week.

Brazil: Overhaul of mining sector likely to face significant political resistance

The government has also said it supports introducing a new mining code, but previous attempts to introduce new legislation have been stalled for several years due to political and industry resistance.