Hopes fade on deal to phase out fossil fuels at COP28
Countries clashed over a proposed agreement to phase-out fossil fuels at the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, jeopardizing attempts to deliver a first-ever commitment to eventually end the use of oil and gas in 30 years of global warming t...
UN emergency meeting over Venezuelan claim to Guyana region
The United Nations Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting Friday at the request of Guyana following Venezuela’s weekend referendum claiming the vast oil- and mineral-rich Essequibo region that makes up a large part of its neighbor.
First survivor pulled out of Zambia mine after landslide
The first survivor has been pulled out alive after last Friday's landslide in Zambia that flooded a copper mine. It trapped at least 25 people who were working there. The rescue mission for the others continues.
Trapped Indian tunnel workers emerge to cheers from rescuers
All 41 construction workers trapped in a collapsed tunnel in India have been rescued safe and sound. They emerged to cheers and relief, after so-called 'rat miners' dug through the last bit of rock and metal by hand.
Russia to build gold refinery in northern Mali
Mali's military government has reached a deal with Russia to build a gold refinery in the capital, Bamako. It comes as the army says it's regaining control of more territories in the north, which had been in the hands of armed groups.
Explained: How banned 'rat-hole' mining saved India's trapped workers
Officials in India enlisted half a dozen miners adept in "rat-hole" mining to reach trapped workers after a tunnel collapsed, shining a light on a mining practice that has been banned for decades.
Eleven workers killed at South African mine
Impala Platinum has halted operations at its Rustenberg complex in South Africa after eleven workers were killed and 75 others injured. The conveyance system, that carries workers up and down a 1,000-meter deep underground shaft, "unexpe...
Indian rescue workers try new shaft after drilling stalls
Indian rescuers began drilling vertically from the top of a mountain under which 41 workers became trapped two weeks ago while working on a highway tunnel, government officials said. That's after the previous rescue effort hit a snag whe...
As men fight, women keep Ukraine coal mines going
After more than a thousand of its workers went to fight Russia's invasion, a colliery in eastern Ukraine suffered a huge staff shortage. Its answer was to allow women to work underground for the first time in its history.
The promise and risks of deep-sea mining
A bevy of metals crucial for the fight against climate change lie on the ocean floor. Are the ecological risks of extracting them greater than mining on land?
Gold rush spreads pollution across Uganda
Uganda’s Karamoja region is the poorest in the country but also the richest in terms of mineral wealth after the government announced the discovery of vast gold reserves in 2022. This gold rush is multiplying sources of pollution for the...
The impact of conflict on global oil prices
Oil prices could rise to more than $150 a barrel if the conflict in the Middle East escalates, according to the World Bank. It comes a little over a year since the Ukraine war caused a spike in oil and food prices.
Global fossil fuel demand will peak before 2030, report says
Global demand for fossil fuels will peak before 2030, according to the International Energy Agency’s annual World Energy Outlook.
U.S faces toxic legacy of nuclear testing
The anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki by the United States in World War II was commemorated on August 9. The Cold War arms race that followed left a radioactive legacy on Native American land in the U.S.
Grand Canyon to be protected from uranium mining
U.S President Joe Biden has designated a new national monument to protect land around the Grand Canyon from uranium mining. Nearly a dozen Indigenous tribes called for the protection of about 4,000 square kilometres in the Grand Canyon N...
The Ukrainian coal fuelling Russia's steel industry
Russia has taken over operations of coal mines in the occupied Donetsk region, with work continuing even as fighting rages above. Following last week’s Russia-Africa summit in Moscow, local officials say coal mined in the region could so...
Global demand for coal causing havoc in South Africa
South Africa became Europe's alternative to Russian coal after Putin's army invaded Ukraine last year. But the soaring demand also wreaked havoc on the country's roads as thousands of trucks rushed in to exploit the surge and the problem...
China bans export of chip manufacturing materials
The price of cars, tech and phones are set to rise after China announced restrictions on the export of two materials vital to the semiconductor industry. Germanium and gallium are needed to make chips used in everything from solar panels...
The race to stop an environmental disaster off Yemen
Salvage experts have begun work to prevent an environmental disaster off the coast of Yemen. A million barrels of oil need to be pumped off a rusting oil tanker. It is at the centre of an international dispute over who owns the oil on bo...
U.S sanctions Wagner-backed African mines
The United States has imposed sanctions on four companies and one individual, in efforts to stem funding of the Wagner Russian mercenary group, including from gold mining activities in the Central African Republic.
Invasion complicates work in Ukraine's coal mines
Russia's invasion has thrown up huge challenges for Ukraine's coal mines, from the danger posed by air strikes to the departure of miners off to the front to fight.
Global talks to end plastic waste
French President Emmanuel Macron warns that global plastic pollution is a 'time bomb' as delegates begin five days of talks in Paris aimed at reaching an international treaty to end plastic waste.