• mining Apr 22

    Is a Proposed Lithium Mine in Nevada the Future of Renewable Energy?

    Lithium-ion batteries, found in laptops, mobile phones and many other things we use every day, often have a rather costly carbon footprint. But a tiny town in the American West called Orovada could play a big role in making green energy more green.

  • Donald Trump Nov 2, 2019

    Native Workers Not Sure What's Next After Coal Plant Closes

    Ron Little nestles into a familiar seat aboard a train locomotive and slides the window open, leaning out to get a better view of dozens of rail cars that stretch for a mile behind and the landscape he knows so well. The heavy steel wheels roll along a dizzying pattern of concrete railroad ties that snake through sandstone formations, boulder-laden...

  • Donald Trump Nov 2, 2019

    Native Workers Not Sure What's Next After Coal Plant Closes

    Ron Little nestles into a familiar seat aboard a train locomotive and slides the window open, leaning out to get a better view of dozens of rail cars that stretch for a mile behind and the landscape he knows so well. The heavy steel wheels roll along a dizzying pattern of concrete railroad ties that snake through sandstone formations, boulder-laden...

  • Prince Sep 27, 2019

    Prince Harry Follows in Princess Diana's Footsteps With Minefield Walk

    Prince Harry is carrying on Princess Diana’s legacy. The Duke of Sussex visited a de-mining site in Dirico, Angola on Friday to continue to champion his mother’s landmine clearance work. The royal worked with representatives from The Halo Trust to help clear the area, which was mined during the Angolan civil war. After receiving a safety briefing and learning more...

  • Donald Trump Sep 15, 2019

    Idle Mines Portend Dark Days for Top US Coal Region

    Mine owner Blackjewel LLC filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 1 was a big hit to the region straddling northeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana, where coal has quietly supported the economies of both states for decades and fuels a shrinking number of power plants in 28 states. Negotiations that could reopen the two Wyoming mines under new ownership...

  • Chairman Sep 6, 2019

    Robert Mugabe, Longtime Zimbabwe Leader, Dies at 95

    Former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, an ex-guerrilla chief who took power when the African country shook off white minority rule and presided for decades while economic turmoil and human rights violations eroded its early promise, has died in Singapore. He was 95. Mugabe enjoyed strong support from Zimbabwe’s people soon after he became the first post-colonial leader of what had...

  • Donald Trump Sep 3, 2019

    Biden Taps Influence Industry Despite Pledge on Lobbyists

    Joe Biden entered the Democratic primary promising “from day one” to reject campaign cash from lobbyists. “I work for you — not any industry,” he tweeted. Yet hours after his April campaign kickoff, the former vice president went to a fundraiser at the home of a lobbying executive. And in the months since, he’s done it again and again.

  • director Aug 23, 2019

    The Causes and Risks of the Amazon Fires

    Fires have been breaking out at an unusual pace in Brazil this year, causing global alarm over deforestation in the Amazon region. The world’s largest rainforest is often called the “lungs of the earth.”

  • Donald Trump Aug 20, 2019

    Actor Javier Bardem Urges UN Delegates to Protect Oceans

    Spanish actor and environmental activist Javier Bardem said Monday “we are all villains” for playing “deaf and blind” and not caring about the world’s oceans, which are under more pressure than at any time in history. The Oscar winner came to the United Nations to press delegates who are drafting an international treaty to protect oceans to support a strong...

  • Mexico Jul 14, 2019

    Trump Says He Will Not Impose Quotas on Uranium Imports

    President Donald Trump says he will not impose quotas on importing uranium, backing away from a possible trade confrontation and breaking with a Commerce Department assessment that America’s use of foreign uranium raises national security concerns. The decision is unusual for Trump, who has pointed to national security concerns in calling for restrictions on foreign metal and autos in trade...

  • spokesman Apr 28, 2019

    With Churches Shut After Bombs, Sri Lankans Hear Mass on TV

    The effects of Sri Lanka’s Easter suicide bombings reverberated across two faiths Sunday, with Catholics shut out of their churches for fear of new attacks, left with only a televised Mass, and Muslim women ordered to stop wearing veils in public. Many across the nation knelt before their televisions as Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, delivered a homily...

  • ASIA Mar 1, 2019

    Nearly 3 Dozen People Have Been Trapped for Days in Collapsed Gold Mine in Indonesia

    Rescuers brought an excavator to the remote Indonesian gold mine that collapsed earlier this week, trapping dozens, hoping to speed up rescue efforts despite the risk of triggering landslides. The death toll has risen to eight and 20 have been rescued, local disaster official Abdul Muin Paputungan said Friday. About three dozen people are still believed trapped in the rubble...

  • ASIA Feb 27, 2019

    Workers Dig by Hand to Free Dozens in Indonesia Mine Rubble

    A grueling search and rescue effort has saved 19 people from the debris of a collapsed illegal gold mine in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province but officials said Wednesday that several dozen remain trapped. The national disaster agency said four people are confirmed dead and an estimated 37 are still buried beneath soil and rocks in an area that is difficult...

  • Arizona Feb 20, 2019

    Grand Canyon Looking Into Possible Radiation Exposure

    Grand Canyon National Park officials say they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to radiation at unsafe levels while samples of uranium ore sat in plastic buckets in a park research building. Three 5-gallon (18.93-liter) buckets have been removed from a building about a half mile (8 kilometers) from the South Rim that houses the park’s archives and artifacts. About...

  • Donald Trump Feb 20, 2019

    US Mining Sites Dump 50M Gallons of Fouled Wastewater Daily

    Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding lakes and streams without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting drinking water sources in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at...

  • mining Jan 30, 2019

    Families Dig to Find Loved Ones in Brazil Dam Collapse

    Under a scorching sun, Tereza Ferreira Nascimento on Wednesday dug through the mud with garden tools and her hands in search of her brother Paulo Giovane dos Santos, resigned to the reality that he was most likely dead six days after the collapse of a Brazilian dam holding back mine waste. As search-and-recovery efforts continued, authorities also worked to slow...

  • Governor Jan 28, 2019

    Search for Survivors, Despair in Brazil Amid Dam Collapse

    Brazilian rescue crews returned to mud-covered flats Sunday to resume the search for hundreds of people missing in the wake of a dam collapse after the operation was suspended for several hours over fears that a second dam was at risk of breach. The Civil Defense office in Minais Gerais state raised the confirmed death toll to 58, with up...

  • Brazil Jan 26, 2019

    40 Dead, Many Feared Buried in Mud After Brazil Dam Collapse

    The death toll from the collapse of a dam holding back mine waste in southeastern Brazil rose to 34 on Saturday as searchers flying in helicopters and rescuers laboring in deep mud uncovered more bodies. An estimated 300 people were still missing and authorities expected the death toll to rise during a search made more challenging by intermittent rains. As...

  • Donald Trump Jan 14, 2019

    Developers, Not Farmers, Get Biggest Hit From Wetlands Rule

    President Donald Trump often points to farmers as among the biggest winners from the administration’s proposed rollback of federal protections for wetlands and waterways across the country. But under longstanding federal law and rules, farmers and farmland already are exempt from most of the regulatory hurdles on behalf of wetlands that the Trump administration is targeting. Because of that, environmental...

  • Donald Trump Jan 11, 2019

    Government Shutdown Suspends Federal Cleanups at US Superfund Sites

    The government shutdown has suspended federal cleanups at Superfund sites around the nation and forced the cancellation of public hearings, deepening the mistrust and resentment of surrounding residents who feel people in power long ago abandoned them to live among the toxic residue of the country’s factories and mines. “We are already hurting, and it’s just adding more fuel to...

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