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EU proposes conflict minerals law; rights group says it's toothless

Ana Komnenic | March 5, 2014
EU proposes conflict minerals law; rights group says it's toothless

The proposed law sets up a system of self-certification for importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold.

EU prepares scheme to stem use of conflict minerals — report

Cecilia Jamasmie | February 5, 2014
US firms unprepared for upcoming conflict minerals rule enforcement

Proposal includes gold, tungsten, tantalum and tin, with the hope of force importers to classify those metals as coming from areas free of conflict.

Trade minister: All Indonesia ore and concentrate shipments halted

Frik Els | January 24, 2014
Trade minister: All Indonesia ore and concentrate shipments halted

The steep, last minute metal concentrate tax slapped on copper miners has brought exports to a standstill.

Nickel price: Indonesia ban not enough to lift oversupplied market

Frik Els | January 14, 2014
Nickel price: Indonesia ban not enough to lift oversupplied market

Top exporter Indonesia's ban on ore shipments largely off-set by record global stockpiles of ore and metal and rising mine output.

Indonesia ban rocks nickel market

Frik Els | January 12, 2014
Indonesia ban rocks nickel market

Against expectations of a last minute climbdown by authorities, Indonesia's nickel, bauxite and tin ore ban went into effect Sunday.

Supply worries cloud 2014 mining outlook

Frik Els | January 1, 2014
Supply worries cloud 2014 mining outlook

But bubbly stock markets could see investors return to the sector as 2013's plunge in commodity prices make metals and minerals look cheap.

China flexes monetary muscle

Frik Els | December 3, 2013
Sliding Chinese currency could be behind gold price weakness

China’s yuan has overtaken the euro to become the second-most used currency in trade finance.

A look at the mines funding warlords in the DRC

Ana Komnenic | November 21, 2013
DRC mining

In an effort to expose and monitor these mining operations, a Belgian research group has been creating the first maps of eastern DRC's artisanal mining areas.

Asteroid miners go after most precious resource: water

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 21, 2013
Asteroid miners go after most precious resource: water

Investors eager to get the new industry off the ground willing to finance projects that can secure the availability of the key element.

Physicists reveal results of dark matter study from bottom of a gold mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 30, 2013
Physicists reveal results of dark matter study from bottom of a gold mine

The scientists have been working at the one-of-a-kind laboratory located at the bottom of what was once North America's deepest gold mine.

Indonesian export ban threat breathes new life into nickel price

Frik Els | October 22, 2013
Indonesian export ban threat breathes new life into nickel price

Nickel price up 5% in October as Indonesia stays firm on 2014 unprocessed mineral and metal export ban.

U.S. scientists a step closer to finding evidence of dark matter in former gold mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 17, 2013
U.S. scientists a step closer to finding evidence of dark matter in former gold mine

First set of key findings to be released next week.

Sweeping changes to Myanmar mining laws planned

Frik Els | October 13, 2013
Sweeping changes to Myanmar mining laws planned

Less state involvement, possible lifting of ban on ore exports and smoother licensing process envisaged for South Asian nation.

Dutch firm launches conflict-free smartphone

Ana Komnenic | September 29, 2013
Fairphone

Tin and tantalum come from 'conflict-free' sources in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

PayPal launches interplanetary payment system

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 27, 2013
PayPal launches interplanetary payment system

In partnership with two leading groups, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute and the Space Tourism Society

Asteroid miner exceeds $1 million crowd-funding goal

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 21, 2013
Asteroid miner exceeds $1 million crowd-funding goal

Planetary Resources is now going for $2 million and has created new incentives to lure backers.

Asteroid mining firm hires former White House officer

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 11, 2013
Asteroid mining firm hires former White House officer

Peter Marquez, former director of space policy under US Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, is Planetary Resources’s new vice president for global engagement.

Planetary Resources wants to raise $1m with its first asteroid prospectors

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 29, 2013
Planetary Resources want to raise $1m with its first asteroid prospectors

Promises 'a telescope for everyone.'

INFOGRAPHIC: Four leading conflict minerals

Michael Allan McCrae | April 19, 2013
conflict minerals gold Tungsten tantalum tin Democratic Republic of Congo

45,000 deaths each month

Asteroid mining to dominate the industry: experts

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 11, 2013
Asteroid mining to dominate the industry: experts

Geologists believe that asteroids hold iron ore, nickel and precious metals at much higher concentrations than those found on Earth.

Well that was quick: 6 months after seizure Colquiri's output is DOWN 21%, workforce UP 30%

Frik Els | January 23, 2013
Well that was quick: 6 months after seizure Colquiri's output is DOWN 21%, workforce UP 30%

Monthly production falls to almost 100 tonnes below Glencore rate before expropriation.

Copper, tin likely beneficiaries in 2013 from improved demand: Macquarie

Copper and tin are likely to be the biggest near-term beneficiaries of improved apparent demand through the first half of 2013, with supply availability still limited, Macquarie said in a research note Friday.

INFOGRAPHIC: Why asteroid mining is necessary

Michael Allan McCrae | December 9, 2012
asteroid mining platinum depletion

Platinum will be depleted in 20 to 30 years.

Indonesia’s tin mining brings more problems than wealth: report

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 25, 2012
Indonesia’s tin mining brings more problems than wealth

Tin mining is a profitable but damaging trade that has scarred the Indonesian island of Bangka, a granite outcrop just east of Sumatra, reports English newspaper The Guardian.

Congo to discuss mining code changes with companies

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 7, 2012
Congo open to discuss changes to mining code with companies

The Democratic Republic of Congo's intentions to increase the government stake in mining projects by 35% will be first discussed with mining companies and also consulted with the World Bank and the IMF, said a source from the country’s ministry of mines.

Bolivia’s Colquiri mine to restart operation after historic agreement

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 2, 2012
Colquiri mine protests Bolivia

The rival groups of Bolivian miners fighting over control of the Andean silver, tin and zinc Colquiri mine, reached an agreement over the weekend that was qualified as “historic” by Government Minister Carlos Romero.

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