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Dongria Kondh girls. Photo: © Survival International.

India saves 'Avatar tribe' from mine

Oliver Tickell

13th January 2014

A vast bauxite mine in India that would destroy the 'sacred mountain' of the Dongria Kindh people has been quashed following a local referendum that decisively rejected the $8.1 billion project. more...
Participants of a protest against nickel production were brutally beaten by security guards of the LLC Mednogorsky Copper and Sulphur Plant in 2013.

Mining Russia - thousands join the protests

Konstantin Rubakhin

2nd January 2014

Protests at the proposed mining of nickel and copper in the heart of Russia's Black Earth belt have been escalating - as has the smear campaign against the protesters. Konstantin Rubakhin sees this as a positive sign ... more...
Clare Short MP is chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Shining light into the darkness

Alex Stevenson

20th December 2013

Mining and oil drilling are essential to the industrial world - but they are also linked with severe environmental and social damage, not to mention corruption. Clare Short, chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, spoke to Alex Stevenson. more...

Romania rejects Rosia Montana gold mine

The Ecologist

12th December 2013

Romania's parliament has voted down changes to mining laws that would have allowed Europe's biggest open cast pit gold mine to go ahead at Rosia Montana in the Carpathian mountains. more...

Dongria Kondh tribe of India resist powerful mining company

Joanna Eede

20th November 2013

India’s Dongria Kondh tribe have rejected plans by mining giant Vedanta Resources for an open-pit bauxite mine in their sacred Niyamgiri Hills. Although the decision is not yet final, the case has been hailed as an unprecedented triumph for tribal rights ... more...
Massacre by Burmese army

Aung San Suu Kyi: complicity with tyranny

Guy Horton

31st October 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi is the international face of Burma and a global icon of courage, endurance and moral authority. But as Guy Horton reports from Burma, she is now actively colluding with the Burmese military's violent campaigns against minority ethnic and religious groups. more...

UK-financed coal mining is devastating Indonesian Borneo

October 1st, 2013

By Miriam Ross

New rules come into force today that require big UK companies to make their carbon emissions public but - explains Miriam Ross - this won't put an end to the environmental degradation and breach of human rights caused by the UK-financed coal mining boom in Kalimantan, Borneo....... more...

Open Letter to Prince Charles about Cyanide mining in Romania

September 12th, 2013

From Rupert Wolfe Murray

Rupert Wolfe Murray writes to Prince Charles about his grave concerns for the Rosia Montana region of Transylvania, under threat from Cyanide mining....... more...

The Occupy movement is dead – long live participatory democracy!

Lorna Howarth

11th September 2013

As governments in economic difficulties increasingly turn to environmentally damaging extraction industries for quick cash, citizens of those countries are responding with increasingly louder cries of protest. Lorna Howarth reports........... more...

The heavy price of Greek gold

Jim Wickens

25th July 2013

The birthplace of Aristotle is being laid waste by a vast mining project, opening a rift in a cash-strapped society more...
ethical jewellery

Ethical jewellery: what to ask and what to buy

Amy Hall

24th April, 2012

From blood diamonds to mining with cyanide, bling is a big problem for the planet. But as Amy Hall explains, clued-up consumers mean greener gems more...
Martín von Hildebrand, founding Director of the Fundación Gaia Amazonzas

CAMPAIGN HERO: Martín von Hildebrand on indigenous rights in the Colombian Amazon

Mark Briggs

13th April. 2012

The veteran campaigner talks to the Ecologist about the ongoing struggle to secure indigenous land rights and how he successfully took the Colombian government to court more...

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Kiwa hairy crab found near a deep sea vent

Revealed: the new species threatened by deep-sea mining

Bethany Hubbard

20th February, 2012

The lure of deep sea mining in the Pacific and Indian oceans could mean the destruction of species only just discovered on the ocean floor more...
blood diamonds africa

Glencore faces questions over controversial DRC mine sales

Brett Scott

9th February, 2012

Moves by unknown shell companies to control lucrative natural resources may have cost Democratic Republic of Congo $1 billion in lost revenue, as UK-listed mining company Glencore under pressure to explain deals more...

Tainted gold: thousands join protest against Peru's largest ever mining project

Gervase Poulden

17th January, 2012

A US-backed billion-dollar gold mine has attracted thousands of protestors in recent weeks. Many have the poor economic legacy of existing mines fresh in their minds, reports Gervase Pouldon in Cajamarca, Peru more...
gold

The hidden costs of gold: mercury poisoning blights mining communities

Jody Clarke

14th November, 2011

The high price of gold has sent thousands into the informal mining sector and exposed workers and the environment to the devastating effects of mercury poisoning more...
Amazon

Belo Monte dam marks a troubling new era in Brazil's attitude to its rainforest

Karen Hoffmann

15th August, 2011

Belo Monte is just one of a dozen giant dam projects Brazil plans to build in the Amazon region in the coming decades and opens up the world's largest tropical rainforest to oil and mining exploration more...
blood diamonds africa

Export of Zimbabwean diamonds threatens ethical jewellery trade

Rosie Spinks

08 August, 2011

With the Kimberley Process in a state of paralysis over Zimbabwean diamonds, consumers can no longer be sure they’re buying ethical jewels. Ahead of a BBC Panorama investigation into the issue, Rosie Spinks reports more...
Camille Seaman

Britain's richest man to build giant Arctic iron ore mine

Terry Macalister, guardian energy editor

5th July, 2011

Lakshmi Mittal's 'mega-mine' is believed to be the largest mineral extraction project in the region but threatens unique wildlife more...
The Moon

Plans to strip mine the moon may soon be more than just science-fiction

Henry Gass

4th July, 2011

It may not be long before we start mining the moon for its resources, particularly the rare Helium-3 for its use in nuclear fusion more...
Rare earth factory

Estonia enters the race in scramble to secure rare earths

Joel Tozer

20th April,2011

With China's rare earth industry blighted by claims of toxic pollution, Estonian company Silmet is stepping up production to meet demand for rare earths essential in the manufacture of electrical gadgets and green technologies more...
fair trade gold

World's first Fairtrade gold goes on sale in the UK

Ruth Styles

12th February, 2011

The Fair Trade Foundation and the Alliance For Responsible Mining join forces to challenge unsustainable gold mining industry in Colombia and Peru more...
Jane Davidson

Jane Davidson: Westminster is holding back Wales's renewable energy ambitions

Tom Levitt

7th February, 2011

In an exclusive interview Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson tells Tom Levitt why she won't be opposing new nuclear power or selling off any forests... and why she wants to end Westminister's control over renewable energy more...
Mine

Toxic waste from Burma's largest coal project could displace 12,000

Katharine Helmore

20th January, 2011

Despite wreaking havoc on the health of local villagers and the environment, Burma's military regime is doing nothing to reduce the impact of the Tigyit power plant and mine more...
Asbestos

Plans to reopen world’s largest asbestos mine will create ‘new generation’ of victims



Vi Nguyen

23rd December, 2010

Quebec government considering $58 million loan to support the mine despite moral outrage over export of dangerous asbestos to India, Indonesia and the Phillipines
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