Ukraine’s Coal Miners Struggle While Russia Bombs From Above

#coal, #donbas-ukraine, #mines-and-mining, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Red Flags for Forced Labor Found in China’s Car Battery Supply Chain

Ties to potentially coercive labor practices could prove a problem for an industry that is heavily dependent on China, once a new law barring Xinjiang products goes into effect.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lithium-metal, #mines-and-mining, #nickel, #supply-chain, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group

Russian Coal Mine Responsible for Huge Methane Leaks

In January, a satellite detected 13 plumes of methane, a potent planet-warming gas, coming from the largest coal mine in Russia.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #methane, #mines-and-mining, #russia

Capturing the Joyful Spirit of a Montana General Store

The state’s oldest continually open general store serves customers in Fishtail from all walks of life, from ranchers and miners to doctors and C.E.O.s.

#cowboys-and-cowgirls, #mines-and-mining, #montana, #travel-and-vacations

Fight Looms Over New York’s Bid to Slow Crypto-Mining Boom

Crypto interests are lobbying Gov. Kathy Hochul to veto a groundbreaking bill that would temporarily halt new crypto-mining projects at fossil-fuel burning plants.

#environment, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hk-ftx-trading-ltd-futures-exchange, #hochul-kathleen-c, #law-and-legislation, #mines-and-mining, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #virtual-currency

Larimar, the Dominican Republic’s Unique Stone

The Dominican Republic wants jewelers to love larimar, the national stone. But authorities shut the mine temporarily after two fatal accidents.

#accidents-and-safety, #bahoruco-dominican-republic, #dominican-republic, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-trade-and-world-market, #jewels-and-jewelry, #larimar-stone, #mines-and-mining, #rock-and-stone, #shutdowns-institutional, #your-feed-fashion

E.P.A. to Block Pebble Mine Project in Alaska

The E.P.A. said it would ban the disposal of mining waste in the Bristol Bay watershed, a decision that very likely means the end of the Pebble Mine project.

#alaska-natives, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bristol-bay-alaska, #clean-water-act, #copper-brass-and-bronze, #environmental-protection-agency, #fishing-commercial, #gold, #mines-and-mining, #pebble-limited-partnership, #pebble-mine-bristol-bay-alaska, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #salmon, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

An Intimate Look at Mexico’s Indigenous Seri People

The identity of the Seri is integrally tied to their natural environment, which in recent years has been susceptible to an increasing number of existential threats.

#gulf-of-california-mexico, #indigenous-people, #mexico, #mines-and-mining, #solar-energy, #sonoran-desert, #travel-and-vacations, #women-and-girls

Why the Debate Over Russian Uranium Worries U.S. Tribal Nations

If imports end because of the war, American companies may look to increase domestic mining, which has a toxic history on Indigenous lands.

#barrasso-john, #cuellar-henry, #grand-canyon-ariz, #grand-canyon-trust, #mines-and-mining, #nuclear-energy, #uranium, #water-pollution

From an Alabama Coal Mine Strike to an Amazon Warehouse

The strike at an Alabama coal mine is one of the longest in U.S. history. To make ends meet, some striking miners have picked up work at an Amazon warehouse. It’s the same warehouse where workers are trying to unionize.

#amazon-com-inc, #coal, #mines-and-mining, #organized-labor, #strikes, #united-mine-workers-of-america, #wages-and-salaries, #warrior-met-coal

Overlooked No More: Elizabeth Hayes, Coal Town Doctor Who Fought for Miners

“Dr. Betty” led 350 miners on a strike in Pennsylvania in 1945 demanding that the mining company that owned their town improve horridly unsanitary conditions.

#biographical-information, #coal, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #hayes-elizabeth-1912-84, #mines-and-mining, #pennsylvania, #sewers-and-sewage, #shawmut-mining-co

Biden Invokes Defense Production Act to Boost Critical Mineral Supply

The action aims to enhance American production of crucial materials for electric vehicles, defense systems and other technologies.

#batteries, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-trade-and-world-market, #mines-and-mining, #rare-earths, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, Is Bringing Devastation to the World

Brazil’s president has the planet in his cross hairs.

#amazon-jungle, #amazon-river, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #environment, #indigenous-people, #mines-and-mining

Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, Is Bringing Devastation to the World

Brazil’s president has the planet in his cross hairs.

#amazon-jungle, #amazon-river, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #environment, #indigenous-people, #mines-and-mining

Desperate for Cash, Afghans Toil in Mines That Are Deadlier Than Ever

Faced with life-threatening hunger, thousands labor in the coal mines of Baghlan. But safety measures that the former government once provided are gone.

#accidents-and-safety, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #coal, #deaths-fatalities, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #labor-and-jobs, #mines-and-mining, #taliban

How Joe Manchin Aided Coal, and Earned Millions

At every step of his political career, Joe Manchin helped a West Virginia power plant that is the sole customer of his private coal business. Along the way, he blocked ambitious climate action.

#american-bituminous-power-partners-ambit, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coal, #conflicts-of-interest, #edison-international, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #enersystems-inc, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #factories-and-manufacturing, #global-warming, #grant-town-w-va, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #manchin-joe-iii, #manchin-joseph-iv, #mines-and-mining, #nrg-energy-inc, #politics-and-government, #senate, #senate-committee-on-energy-and-natural-resources, #sumitomo-corporation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

Will War Make Europe’s Switch to Clean Energy Even Harder?

A wind turbine factory in Denmark and a coal mine in Poland illustrate the painful policy choices after Russia’s aggression in Ukraine added urgency to the transition to greener energy.

#coal, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-commission, #european-union, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #mines-and-mining, #nord-stream-ag, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #solar-energy, #wind-power

How the War in Ukraine Could Slow the Sales of Electric Cars

The price of nickel, an essential ingredient in most batteries, has soared because of fear that Russian supplies could be cut off.

#batteries, #commodities, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #futures-and-options-trading, #london-metal-exchange, #metals-and-minerals, #mines-and-mining, #nickel, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #shortages, #supply-chain

Deforestation in Amazon Rainforest Threatens Indigenous Lands

Set aside for an isolated Indigenous group, the Brazilian preserve Ituna-Itatá has now been heavily deforested — a grim illustration of the intractable forces destroying the Amazon.

#altamira-brazil, #amazon-jungle, #belo-monte-dam-brazil, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #forests-and-forestry, #gold, #indigenous-people, #mines-and-mining, #native-americans, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #xingu-river-brazil

The Peculiar Charm of Coober Pedy, Australia’s Opal Capital

Scattered around town are do-it-yourself mining operations, abandoned film props and a cafe that serves both waffles and opals.

#coober-pedy-australia, #mines-and-mining, #travel-and-vacations

Chinese Company Removed as Operator of Cobalt Mine in Congo

A court has given the Congolese control of one of the world’s largest sources of cobalt while allegations against the mine’s Chinese owners are investigated.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #china-molybdenum-co-ltd, #cobalt, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #gecamines-sa, #international-trade-and-world-market, #mines-and-mining, #politics-and-government

Former Worker in Libby, Mont., Wins $36.5 Million in Asbestos Case

The verdict was the first of hundreds of cases pending against the company hired to oversee medical care and safety for workers at a mine and mill in Libby, Mont.

#asbestos, #compensation-for-damages-law, #decisions-and-verdicts, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #libby-mont, #maryland-casualty, #mines-and-mining, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #superfund, #w-l-grace, #workerscompensation-insurance, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #zurich-insurance-group

Japan Wants to Showcase Gold Mines’ History. Just Not All of It.

A bid for a UNESCO World Heritage designation is the latest flash point between Japan and South Korea over Japanese colonial abuses during World War II.

#forced-labor, #japan, #mines-and-mining, #south-korea, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-sites, #world-war-ii-1939-45

At Winter Games, a Hard-Bitten Chinese Coal Town Hunts for Gold

The little city of Qitaihe has produced an improbable number of China’s golds at the Winter Games, and residents say it began with a miner with a pair of skates.

#athletics-and-sports, #china, #fan-kexin, #mines-and-mining, #olympic-games-2022, #short-track-speedskating

Ecuador Court Gives Indigenous Groups a Boost in Mining and Drilling Disputes

The ruling, which requires the government to seek consent for new projects, could put the brakes on the president’s plan to increase oil production.

#amazon-jungle, #avaaz-org, #biodiversity, #ecuador, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #lasso-guillermo, #mines-and-mining, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #oil-spills, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Alarming Levels of Mercury Are Found in Old Growth Amazon Forest

The findings, related to gold mining in Peru, provide new evidence of how people are altering ecosystems in dangerous ways around the world.

#amazon-jungle, #biodiversity, #forests-and-forestry, #gold, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mercury-metal, #mines-and-mining, #nature-communications-journal, #peru, #research

Biden Administration Cancels Mining Leases Near Wilderness Area

The leases, reinstated during the Trump years, would have allowed a Chilean mining conglomerate to dig for copper and nickel near the Boundary Waters wilderness in Minnesota.

#copper-brass-and-bronze, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #luksic-andronico, #mines-and-mining, #minnesota, #united-states-politics-and-government

Mining Truck Explodes in Ghana, Killing Dozens

The number of dead is not yet known, but the blast flattened structures in a small town and left a large crater.

#deaths-fatalities, #explosions-accidental, #ghana, #mines-and-mining

Manchin’s Choice on Build Back Better: Mine Workers or Mine Owners

Senator Joe Manchin III is caught between the mine workers’ union, which supports President Biden’s social policy and climate bill, and mine owners in his state who oppose it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #manchin-joe-iii, #mines-and-mining, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

Worker Killed in Pennsylvania Mine Collapse, State Officials Say

The fatal injury occurred when the mine’s roof fell onto equipment the miner was using, officials said. No one else was caught in the collapse.

#accidents-and-safety, #deaths-fatalities, #mines-and-mining, #pennsylvania, #west-virginia

Mining of Lithium, Key to the Climate Fight, Faces New Scrutiny in Chile

Politicians have called for a pause in new mining contracts for lithium, which is in high demand for electric car batteries but is at the heart of a debate in Chile over mines, water rights and inequality.

#boric-gabriel, #chile, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lithium-metal, #mines-and-mining, #pinera-sebastian, #politics-and-government

Coming Soon to This Coal County: Solar, in a Big Way

In Martin County, Ky., where coal production has flatlined, entrepreneurs are promising that a new solar farm atop a shuttered mine will bring green energy jobs.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #appalachian-region, #coal, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #kentucky, #mines-and-mining, #solar-energy

Can a Tiny Territory in the South Pacific Power Tesla’s Ambitions?

Nickel is vital to electric car batteries, but extracting it is dirty and destructive. A plant with a turbulent history in New Caledonia is about to become an experiment in sustainable mining.

#electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #indigenous-people, #mines-and-mining, #new-caledonia, #nickel, #tesla-motors-inc, #vale-sa

Chile’s Constitutional Rewrite Confronts Climate Change Head On

Chile has lots of lithium, which is essential to the world’s transition to green energy. But anger over powerful mining interests, a water crisis and inequality has driven Chile to rethink how it defines itself.

#chile, #constitutions, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #global-warming, #lithium-metal, #mines-and-mining, #sociedad-quimica-y-minera-de-chile-sa

As Miners Chase Clean-Energy Minerals, Tribes Fear a Repeat of the Past

Mining the minerals that may be needed for a green energy revolution could devastate tribal lands. The Biden administration will be forced to choose.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #environment, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #idaho, #mines-and-mining, #native-americans, #nez-perce-indians, #rivers, #salmon, #treaties, #water-pollution

Behind Manchin’s Opposition, a Long History of Fighting Climate Measures

Senator Joe Manchin III noted climate policy when he said he would vote against the Build Back Better Act. In his life and career, West Virginia coal has loomed large.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coal, #democratic-party, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #manchin-joe-iii, #mines-and-mining, #natural-gas, #politics-and-government, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

Battling for Bolivia’s Lithium That’s Vital to Electric Cars

Chinese and Russian industrial giants seek to tap mineral deposits vital to electric cars. A Texas entrepreneur has his own strategy: the long game.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #batteries, #bolivia, #egan-teague, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energyx, #entrepreneurship, #foreign-investments, #international-relations, #lithium-metal, #mines-and-mining

A Mental Health Crisis Among the Young

A health professional and an author/filmmaker write that we are failing our youths. Also: Memo to Democrats; military spending; moving away from coal.

#abeles-vicki, #anxiety-and-stress, #bruni-frank, #budgets-and-budgeting, #coal, #democratic-party, #global-warming, #mental-health-and-disorders, #mines-and-mining, #murthy-vivek-h, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youth

The Achilles’ Heel of Biden’s Climate Plan? Coal Miners.

Unions representing other workers affected by climate legislation have struck deals, but opposition from coal miners has persisted, complicating the path to enactment.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #american-federation-of-labor-congress-of-industrial-organizations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coal, #global-warming, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #mines-and-mining, #organized-labor, #united-mine-workers-of-america, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

On the Banks of the Furious Congo River, a 5-Star Emporium of Ambition

As the clean energy revolution upends the centuries-long lock of fossil fuels on the global economy, dealmakers and hustlers converge on the Fleuve Congo Hotel.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blackwater-worldwide, #china-international-trustinvestment-corp, #cobalt, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #frontier-services-group, #gecamines-sa, #global-warming, #mines-and-mining, #prince-erik-d, #trump-donald-j, #tshisekedi-felix, #zeitlin-jide

Why New York State Is Experiencing a Bitcoin Boom

Cryptocurrency miners are flocking to New York’s faded industrial towns, prompting concern over the environmental impact of huge computer farms.

#bitcoin-currency, #buffalo-ny, #earthjustice, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #finger-lakes-region-ny, #local-government, #love-canal-niagara-falls-ny, #massena-ny, #mines-and-mining, #niagara-falls-ny, #north-tonawanda-ny, #owego-ny, #seneca-lake-ny, #sierra-club

Congo Ousts Mining Leader in a Cloud of Corruption Claims

The country’s president removed Albert Yuma Mulimbi as chairman of the state mining firm. Cobalt in Congo is a crucial resource in the global clean energy revolution.

#cobalt, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #gecamines-sa, #mines-and-mining, #politics-and-government, #tshisekedi-felix, #yuma-mulimbi-albert

Hunt for the ‘Blood Diamond of Batteries’ Impedes Green Energy Push

Dangerous mining conditions plague Congo, home to the world’s largest supply of cobalt, a key ingredient in electric cars. A leadership battle threatens reforms.

#batteries, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-labor, #china-molybdenum-co-ltd, #cobalt, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #corruption-institutional, #gertler-dan-1973, #global-warming, #kabila-joseph, #mines-and-mining, #mobutu-sese-seko, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #trump-donald-j-jr, #tshisekedi-felix, #yuma-mulimbi-albert

A Mine Disaster in Russia Highlights Safety Shortfalls in Rush to Dig Coal

At least 46 miners were killed in an explosion at a Siberian mine. The director of the mine has been taken into police custody, along with five other administrators.

#accidents-and-safety, #coal, #explosions-accidental, #mines-and-mining, #siberia

Russian Mine Blast Kills Dozens, Among Them Rescuers

Investigators said a gas buildup at a Siberian mine with a history of problems led to the deaths of at least 52 people.

#accidents-and-safety, #coal, #deaths-fatalities, #explosions-accidental, #kemerovo-russia, #mines-and-mining, #russia

Will Germany’s ‘Debt Brake’ Stop Its Green Ambitions?

The new government has big plans to modernize the economy and switch to renewable energy. But the question remains how it will pay for it.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #budgets-and-budgeting, #europe, #free-democratic-party-germany, #germany, #global-warming, #green-party-germany, #lindner-christian-w, #mines-and-mining, #scholz-olaf-1958, #social-democratic-party-germany, #solar-energy, #windmills

How the U.S. Lost Ground to China in the Contest for Clean Energy

Americans failed to safeguard decades of diplomatic and financial investments in Congo, where the world’s largest supply of cobalt is controlled by Chinese companies backed by Beijing.

#automobiles, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #einstein-albert, #eisenhower-dwight-david, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #freeport-mcmoran-oilgas-inc, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #jones-james-l, #kabila-joseph, #kissinger-henry-a, #mines-and-mining, #mobutu-sese-seko, #nixon-richard-milhous, #obama-barack, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #thomas-greenfield-linda, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #uranium

What to Know About the Frantic Quest for Cobalt

A New York Times investigation examines the global demand for raw materials as the clean energy revolution takes off. This is what we found.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cobalt, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #freeport-mcmoran-oilgas-inc, #global-warming, #mines-and-mining, #politics-and-government, #united-states

Race to the Future: What to Know About the Frantic Quest for Cobalt

A New York Times investigation examines the global demand for raw materials as the clean energy revolution takes off. This is what we found.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cobalt, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #freeport-mcmoran-oilgas-inc, #global-warming, #mines-and-mining, #politics-and-government, #united-states

Global Rivalries Are Miring the Clean Energy Revolution

The quest for Congo’s cobalt, which is vital for electric vehicles and the worldwide push against climate change, is caught in a cycle of exploitation, greed and gamesmanship.

#africa, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #archer-devon, #batteries, #bhr-partners, #biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cobalt, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #freeport-mcmoran-oilgas-inc, #general-motors, #glencore-international-ag, #global-warming, #kabila-joseph, #mines-and-mining, #national-security-council, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #tesla-motors-inc, #trump-donald-j, #tshisekedi-felix, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government