Brazil suspends Amazon mining decree in face of criticism

Sep 1, 2017

Brazil suspends Amazon mining decree in face of criticism

Brazil's government said late on Thursday it would suspend action on a decree opening a vast section of the Amazon rain forest to mining, backtracking in the face of activist criticism and a legal challenge. The mining ministry said in a statement that, after consulting ...

Apr 28, 2017

In world first, El Salvador bans metal mining

El Salvador on Thursday became the first country in the world to ban the mining of metals in what campaigners called a landmark move for environmental protection. The law bans "prospection, exploration, exploitation, extraction or processing of metallic minerals in El Salvador," according to the ...

Apr 27, 2017

Space, the final frontier for Earth's crude oil giants

The Middle East has an outsize impact on energy here on Earth. One analyst thinks some regional powerhouses may leverage that role into the development of natural resources in space. Countries like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are developing space programs and investing ...

Undermining China: towns sink after mines close

/ Aug 15, 2016

Undermining China: towns sink after mines close

Deep in the coal heartlands of northern Shanxi province, people in the village of Helin are fighting a losing battle as the ground beneath them crumbles. They are patching up cracks, rebuilding walls and filling in sinkholes caused by decades of coal mining. Around 100 pits ...

Apr 25, 2016

Chinese state media say 11 missing after coal mine floods

A coal mine flooded in northern China on Monday, leaving 11 miners missing, state media reported. The accident happened Monday morning in Tongchuan city in Shaanxi province, the official Xinhua News Agency said. A total of 67 workers were in the mine shaft but the ...