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Counting the real cost of gold – the reality of artisan mining
28 August, 2014 | by Heidi Vella
A book recently published by the Pulitzer Center details the human and environmental struggles behind the global gold industry. One of the book’s authors, award-winning journalist Stephen...
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Roundtable – the skills & recruitment outlook for Australian miners in 2014 27 August, 2014 by Heidi Vella News of widespread job losses coupled with government approval for several new large-scale mines gives a mixed picture for recruitment and skills needs in the Australian mining industry. Has...

The world’s biggest coal consumers 26 August, 2014 The top ten coal consuming countries account for over 85% of the world’s total coal consumption, with China alone consuming as much as rest of the world together. Mining-technology.com profiles...

MINE digital magazine: Issue 24 21 August, 2014 In this issue: The uncertain future of silver, Sierra Leone's industry beyond the infamous diamonds, lessons learned from the Soma mine disaster, innovations in underground...

Mine surveillance: How far is too far? 21 August, 2014 by Adam Leach With Idemitsu hitting the headlines for sending undercover security personnel to spy on environmental protest groups in New South Wales, the manner in which mining companies protect...

Mining magnates: the ten richest tycoons in metals and mining 19 August, 2014 Ten of the world’s top one hundred richest billionaires derive their wealth from mining and metals interests. Mining-technology.com profiles the ten richest mining tycoons based on...

Bushveld Vanadium Project: cutting costs without cutting corners 11 August, 2014 by Heidi Vella In July, Bushveld Minerals announced the results of its scoping study for the development of its Bushveld Vanadium Project in South Africa. The company’s CEO Fortune Mojapelo details future...

Wireless communication systems give mining rescuers eyes and ears below the earth 07 August, 2014 by Heidi Vella As communication is paramount for a speedy and safe underground mine rescue operation, the industry is abandoning easily severable wire-linked underground communication technology in favour...

Metal-munching plants: a new frontier for green mining? 05 August, 2014 by Adam Leach Scientists have long studied plants that can absorb and store metals,such as nickel and gold, in large amounts without being poisoned. The most obvious application for these plant species...

July's top stories: Australia approves Carmichael mine, Mechel and Evraz merge 01 August, 2014 by Byomakesh Biswal The Australian Government approved the A$16.5bn Carmichael coal mine and rail infrastructure project in the Galilee Basin, Russian mining and metals company Mechel prepares to merge its assets...

Turkey: alarm bells ringing after deadly Soma mining disaster 31 July, 2014 by Adam Leach Accusations, arrests and protests have all followed in the aftermath of the biggest disaster in Turkey’s mining history. While the investigation into its exact cause is ongoing, a number...

Mining in Sierra Leone – working to stand out from the competition 23 July, 2014 by Heidi Vella After a decade of conflict, Sierra Leone is again emerging as a mining frontier with endless potential – most notably from its infamous diamond resources that were once marred with controversy....

North Antelope to Black thunder: the 10 biggest coal mines in the US 17 July, 2014 The Powder River Basin in Wyoming hosts six of the top ten US coal mines by reserves, while North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Montana host the remaining four. Mining-technology.com profiles the...

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