The technique, known as biomining, is already being tested here on Earth as a sustainable treatment of ores and mine waste.
Peru's mining production fell 1.05% in November as copper, silver, tin and molybdenum output declined, the government said in a preliminary report.
If successful the technology could be used to treat many forms of environmental pollution.
The investigative reporting piece exposed extremely poor working conditions in factories making Apple products in China and Indonesia.
When his father could no longer make enough money from the tin mine, when he could no longer pay for school, Bienfait Kabesha ran off and joined a militia.
The country effectively halted all but processed metal shipments in January in an effort to force miners to build smelters.
The affected company is Planetary Resources, the U.S.-based start-up aiming to mine asteroids.
The U.S. largest miner by market value and revenue is also dealing with a strike threat at its Indonesia's Grasberg copper and gold mine, which recently resumed operations.
Operations, however, won’t resume until at least Oct. 7.
Protesters are demanding management to review safety conditions following a fatal accident on Sept. 27.
30,000 tonnes of copper concentrate were sent out Monday.
Operations at the miner's Batu Hijau copper and gold mine to resume soon.
Anxiety rising in the region.
Indonesia's top copper miner hopes next month to ramp up production and restart concentrate shipments from Grasberg, one of the world's largest copper mines.
About $500 million of exports a month have been halted in Southeast Asia's biggest economy because of the minerals dispute.
The shipments, the first of their kind in six months, were allowed after Sebuku Iron Lateritic Ores (SILO) and Lumbung Mineral Sentosa agreed to pay the new 20% tax.
Authorities are is planning to send a letter to the Colorado-based miner saying that it has defaulted on its contract and, therefore, is “negligent."
The transaction would be worth over $2 billion.
Newmont, instead, was called to return to the negotiation table or face the consequences.
Sale of Candelaria mine could raise several billion dollars, according to people familiar with the matter quoted by WSJ.com.
The copper price has defied all predictions of a steep decline this year and is now honing in on 4-month high after the longest rally since 2005.
The parts agreed on basic framework for contract renegotiations for Grasberg mine.
Tin, tantalum and tungsten mines used to generate $185 million a year for armed groups. Now, about two-thirds of those operations are part of peaceful supply chains, study shows.
Orbiting spacecraft could be refuelled with water taken from asteroids—but some experts doubt the economics.
The two used to be joined at the hip, but now one or the other has lost touch with reality.
The proposed law sets up a system of self-certification for importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold.
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