Why Geology Is Our Destiny

A visit to the renovated hall of gems and minerals at the American Museum of Natural History reveals how the cosmos works in the real world.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #geology, #jewels-and-jewelry, #mines-and-mining, #museums, #rock-and-stone, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-science

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Touring Alaska in an R.V.

For a photographer based in Juneau, two Alaskan roads — the Glenn Highway and the Richardson Highway — formed the backbone of a stunning late-spring road trip.

#alaska, #automobiles, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #mines-and-mining, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #recreational-vehicles, #travel-and-vacations

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Dispute Over a Coal Industry Pits Poland Against Its Neighbors

The Czech Republic has sued Poland over a lignite coal mine it says violates European environmental laws. Poles say it’s crucial for jobs and the local economy.

#coal, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #labor-and-jobs, #mines-and-mining, #poland, #politics-and-government, #walbrzych-poland

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The Perilous Hunt for Coconut Crabs on a Remote Polynesian Island

On Makatea, an uplifted coral atoll marred by decades of mining, searching for crabs often requires gambling with the treacherous terrain.

#coconuts, #crabs, #french-polynesia-france, #hunting-and-trapping, #islands, #mines-and-mining, #travel-and-vacations

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Glimpses of a Deserted Soviet Mining Town, Preserved in the High Arctic

On the remote archipelago of Svalbard, a decaying settlement offers visitors an intimate look at the not-so-distant past.

#arctic-regions, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #mines-and-mining, #polar-bears, #svalbard-and-jan-mayen-norway, #travel-and-vacations

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Liz Cheney’s Lonely Stand: What Voters in Wyoming Say

In a heavily Republican state, their lone congresswoman’s defiance of the former president is unpopular. But some residents still stick up for her. “She told the truth!” one proclaimed.

#cheney-liz, #cheyenne-wyo, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #mines-and-mining, #trump-donald-j

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The Lithium Gold Rush: Inside the Race to Power Electric Vehicles

A race is on to produce lithium in the United States, but competing projects are taking very different approaches to extracting the vital raw material. Some might not be very green.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #arkansas, #automobiles, #batteries, #berkshire-hathaway-inc, #california, #controlled-thermal-resources, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #federal-lands, #ford-motor-co, #geothermal-power, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #imperial-calif, #lakes, #lithium-metal, #lithium-americas, #mines-and-mining, #nevada, #standard-lithium, #tesla-motors-inc, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution, #wells

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Getting Real About Coal and Climate

A document from the United Mine Workers offers reason to hope.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-dioxide, #climate-leadership-council, #coal, #global-warming, #green-new-deal, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #labor-and-jobs, #mines-and-mining, #united-mine-workers-of-america, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Coal Is Set to Roar Back, and So Are Its Climate Risks

To slow down climate change, new coal projects need to end. A global forecast this week shows demand rising sharply.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #china, #coal, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #india, #international-energy-agency, #mines-and-mining, #natural-gas, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

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A Gold Rush Town Removes a Noose From Its Logo

The City Council of Placerville, formerly known as “Hangtown” because of its 19th-century history of vigilantism, voted to eliminate the noose in its city logo.

#el-dorado-county-calif, #mines-and-mining

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Florida Crisis Highlights a Nationwide Risk From Toxic Ponds

Thousands of open-air waste pools near power plants, mines and industrial farms can pose safety dangers from poor management and, increasingly, the effects of climate change.

#coal, #duke-energy-corporation, #environment, #factory-farming, #floods, #florida, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mines-and-mining, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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Florida’s Crisis Highlights a Nationwide Risk From Toxic Ponds

Thousands of open-air waste pools near power plants, mines and industrial farms can pose safety dangers from poor management and, increasingly, the effects of climate change.

#coal, #duke-energy-corporation, #environment, #factory-farming, #floods, #florida, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mines-and-mining, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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Second Breach Possible in Leaking Florida Reservoir, Officials Say

The authorities said more pumps were expected to be used to try to double the volume of water being removed, to up to 100 million gallons a day.

#environment, #manatee-county-fla, #mines-and-mining, #piney-point-plant-manatee-county-fla, #tampa-fla, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water

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‘Wall of Water’ if Piney Point Reservoir in Florida Breaches, Officials Warn

The authorities on Sunday said they were making progress in draining a leaking wastewater pond south of Tampa but urged residents to heed evacuation warnings.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #manatee-county-fla, #mines-and-mining, #phosphate, #phosphogypsum, #piney-point-fla, #reservoirs, #tampa-fla, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water

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Sanctions Are Reimposed on Israeli Billionaire Granted Relief Under Trump

The Biden administration moved to reverse an action that had benefited Dan Gertler, who has been accused of corruption over mining deals in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #corruption-institutional, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gertler-dan-1973, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mines-and-mining, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Promises to Coal Country Are Familiar, but Can Biden Deliver?

For nearly 60 years, presidents have promised to lift up Appalachia, but many communities remain on the brink.

#appalachian-region, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coal, #kentucky, #labor-and-jobs, #mines-and-mining

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Wyoming Coal Country Pivots, Reluctantly, to Wind Farms

In the heart of coal country, the town of Rawlins will soon be home to one of the nation’s largest wind farms. But pride in the fossil fuel past remains a powerful force.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #coal, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #mines-and-mining, #wind-power, #wyoming

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How Green Are Electric Vehicles?

In short: Very green. But plug-in cars still have environmental effects. Here’s a guide to the main issues and how they might be addressed.

#air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #carbon-dioxide, #conservation-of-resources, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-efficiency, #environment, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mines-and-mining, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pollution, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #water-pollution

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Amazon and the South’s Strong Union History

Alabama is more than its shading on the electoral map.

#alabama, #bessemer-ala, #birmingham-ala, #black-people, #labor-and-jobs, #mines-and-mining, #organized-labor, #race-and-ethnicity

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The Deep South Has a Rich History of Resistance. As Amazon Is Learning.

Alabama is more than its shading on the electoral map.

#alabama, #bessemer-ala, #birmingham-ala, #black-people, #labor-and-jobs, #mines-and-mining, #organized-labor, #race-and-ethnicity

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The South Is More Than Its Shading on an Electoral Map

As the Amazon unionization drive reminds us, the region is home to a rich history of resistance.

#alabama, #bessemer-ala, #birmingham-ala, #black-people, #labor-and-jobs, #mines-and-mining, #organized-labor, #race-and-ethnicity

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Pigeons: Nuisance Animals, or Expert Accomplices in Diamond Smuggling?

In “Flight of the Diamond Smugglers,” Matthew Gavin Frank details the surprising role pigeons play in South African diamond smuggling.

#books-and-literature, #diamonds, #flight-of-the-diamond-smugglers-a-tale-of-pigeons-obsession-and-greed-along-coastal-south-africa-book, #frank-matthew-gavin, #mines-and-mining, #pigeons, #smuggling, #south-africa

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Meet America’s 63rd National Park

The New River Gorge in West Virginia got the federal government’s highest protection, thanks, in part, to the latest pandemic relief bill.

#capito-shelley-moore, #coal, #geology, #hunting-and-trapping, #land-use-policies, #mines-and-mining, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parachutes-and-parachute-jumping, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #travel-and-vacations, #west-virginia

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Vale Mining Company to pay $7 Billion in Compensation for Brazil Dam Collapse

The disaster in the city of Brumadinho killed 270 people, and 11 others are still missing. It also led to murder charges for company officials.

#accidents-and-safety, #brazil, #brumadinho-brazil, #levees-and-dams, #minas-gerais-brazil, #mines-and-mining, #politics-and-government, #vale-sa, #water-pollution

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The Real Meaning of Hillbilly

I left my hometown because I felt alienated from its conservative values. Turns out many in my community had forgotten our progressive roots.

#appalachian-region, #education-k-12, #guthrie-woody, #harlan-county-ky, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #industrial-workers-of-the-world, #mines-and-mining, #organized-labor, #seeger-pete, #tennessee, #united-mine-workers-of-america, #west-virginia

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Trump Administration Quietly Eased Sanctions on Israeli Billionaire

The reversal by the Treasury Department during the administration’s final days came after an appeal by lobbyists with close ties to the former president.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #corruption-institutional, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gertler-dan-1973, #israel, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mines-and-mining, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Chinese Miners Pulled to Surface 2 Weeks After Underground Explosion

Rescuers have made contact with one group of 10 miners trapped 2,000 feet below ground in the blast. Others are still missing.

#accidents-and-safety, #explosions-accidental, #mines-and-mining, #rescues, #shandong-province-china

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Beny Steinmetz, a Mining Magnate, Found Guilty in Swiss Corruption Trial

Mr. Steinmetz, a French-Israeli businessman, was convicted on charges of corrupting foreign public officials in a bid to reap iron ore resources in Guinea. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

#beny-steinmetz, #corruption-institutional, #guinea, #mines-and-mining, #switzerland

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Playing the ‘Green Lottery’: Life Inside Colombia’s Emerald Mines

For many of the men who hunt for the country’s prized gems, the mines are like casinos in the middle of the Andes: One stone could change it all.

#andes-ny, #colombia, #jewels-and-jewelry, #mines-and-mining

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China Battles the World’s Biggest Coal Exporter, and Coal Is Losing

China has officially blocked coal imports from Australia after months of vague restrictions. For Australia, the world’s largest coal exporter, the decision is a gut punch.

#australia, #china, #coal, #international-trade-and-world-market, #mines-and-mining, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government

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Snapshots of Daily Life in a Remote Region of Portugal

The Barroso is one of Portugal’s most isolated areas, known for its rough terrain, abiding agricultural traditions and stunning beauty.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cattle, #europe, #immigration-and-emigration, #livestock, #mines-and-mining, #photography, #portugal, #travel-and-vacations

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Landslide in Ecuador Kills 5 at Illegal Mine

At least two more people were missing. The deaths, including that of a minor, occurred as the region was struggling to combat the illegal gold industry.

#deaths-fatalities, #ecuador, #landslides-and-mudslides, #mines-and-mining, #moreno-lenin-1953

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Book Review: ‘Oak Flat,’ by Lauren Redniss

In her latest work of graphic nonfiction, Lauren Redniss recounts what happened when a copper mining company decided to develop an Arizona tribe’s land.

#apache-indians, #books-and-literature, #copper-brass-and-bronze, #mines-and-mining, #native-americans, #oak-flat-ariz, #oak-flat-fight-for-sacred-land-in-the-american-west-book, #redniss-lauren, #resolution-copper-mining-llc, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Shopping for a Diamond Is About to Change

The world’s most productive mine has closed, so your next piece of inexpensive jewelry probably will feature a lab-grown gem.

#australia, #de-beers-group, #diamonds, #jewels-and-jewelry, #luxury-goods-and-services, #mines-and-mining, #rio-tinto-plc, #your-feed-fashion

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These Microbes May Help Future Martians and Moon People Mine Metals

An experiment aboard the space station showed that bacteria were effective at extracting rare earth elements from rocks.

#bacteria, #international-space-station, #mars-planet, #mines-and-mining, #moon, #rare-earths, #space-and-astronomy

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Asbestos, a Quebec Mining Town, Will Change Name to Val-des-Sources

The Quebec town is home to one of the world’s largest former asbestos mines. Residents voted to rename the town Val-des-Sources, or Valley of the Springs.

#asbest-russia, #asbestos, #canada, #cancer, #france, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mines-and-mining, #names-geographical, #names-personal, #quebec-province-canada, #russia, #strikes, #world-health-organization, #world-war-i-1914-18

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Got Crystals? Gem Mining Could Be Your Full-Time Job

Some modern-day prospectors make thousands of dollars selling precious stones they dug up themselves.

#crystals, #diamonds, #mines-and-mining, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #rock-and-stone, #your-feed-selfcare

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‘The Coal Industry Is Back,’ Trump Proclaimed. It Wasn’t.

The demise of coal-fired power plants in Arizona and Kentucky shows how the president, despite promises to restore jobs, failed to counter the forces decimating the industry.

#arizona, #bureau-of-reclamation, #cameron-scott-j, #coal, #craft-joseph-w-iii, #environmental-protection-agency, #gosar-paul-1958, #grand-canyon-ariz, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #jewell-sally, #kentucky, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #lazard-llc, #mcconnell-mitch, #mines-and-mining, #murray-energy-corp, #murray-robert-e, #navajo-generating-station, #navajo-indians, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #prine-john, #pruitt-scott, #shutdowns-institutional, #solar-energy, #tennessee-valley-authority, #trump-donald-j, #united-mine-workers-of-america, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wehrum-william-l, #wheeler-andrew-r, #zinke-ryan-1961

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Abandoned Rio Tinto Mine Is Blamed for Poisoned Bougainville Rivers

Residents of the Papua New Guinea region have accused the mining giant of environmental and human rights violations and asked for an investigation.

#australia, #bougainville-papua-new-guinea, #copper-brass-and-bronze, #gold, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #indigenous-australians, #mines-and-mining, #papua-new-guinea, #respiratory-diseases, #rio-tinto-plc, #rivers, #water-pollution

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Mine Disaster in China Kills at Least 16

A fire led to excessively high levels of carbon monoxide, officials said. The site had previously been fined for safety violations.

#accidents-and-safety, #carbon-monoxide, #china, #deaths-fatalities, #mines-and-mining

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There’s Gold in Them Thar Braes

With prices for the precious metal surging, amateur prospectors are fanning out over the Scottish countryside, while the nation’s first commercial mine is set to start production.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gold, #mines-and-mining, #scotland

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Chief Executive of Embattled Alaskan Mine Project Resigns

The executive made “offensive” remarks about the state’s political leaders, the company said, in meetings recorded by an environmental group.

#alaska, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #collier-tom-1951, #mines-and-mining, #northern-dynasty-minerals-ltd, #pebble-mine-bristol-bay-alaska, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government

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An Alaska Mine Project Might Be Bigger Than Acknowledged

In secretly recorded meetings, executives with the Pebble Mine project said the operation could run nine times longer than outlined in their permit filings.

#environment, #environmental-investigation-agency, #fishing-commercial, #fishing-sport, #mines-and-mining, #pebble-mine-bristol-bay-alaska, #salmon, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Wildfires Are Latest Risk in the Rewarding Quiet of Gold Country

California’s numerous fires are challenging the survival of some of the state’s oldest and most storied small communities.

#berry-creek-calif, #fires-and-firefighters, #gold, #mines-and-mining, #wildfires

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Rio Tinto Executives to Step Down After Miner Destroys Sacred Australian Sites

The mining giant’s chief executive was among those pushed out after shareholders revolted over the destruction of ancient Indigenous sites in Western Australia.

#australia, #indigenous-people, #jacques-jean-sebastien, #mines-and-mining, #rio-tinto-plc

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E.P.A. Relaxes Rules Limiting Toxic Waste From Coal Plants

The agency weakened Obama-era rules meant to keep metals and other pollution out of rivers and streams, saving industry tens of millions of dollars.

#coal, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #mines-and-mining, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution

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New Conditions on Alaskan Mine Could Delay Vast Project That Donald Trump Jr. Opposes

The Army Corps of Engineers will impose new mitigation conditions on the developers of the proposed Pebble Mine, potentially pushing approval past the election.

#alaska, #army-corps-of-engineers, #ayers-nick-1982, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fishing-commercial, #mines-and-mining, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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America Has Mistreated Its Coal Miners. Here’s Their Fight for Justice.

In “Soul Full of Coal Dust,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hamby tells the story of black lung and the mining companies who refused to take responsibility for its harm.

#black-lung-disease, #books-and-literature, #coal, #hamby-chris, #mines-and-mining, #respiratory-diseases, #soul-full-of-coal-dust-a-fight-for-breath-and-justice-in-appalachia-book

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U.S. Companies Vie for Funds in Race to Build Rare Earths Industry

The Trump administration is encouraging development of a domestic industry to produce critical metals now dominated by Chinese companies, but few players show clear long-term promise.

#california, #china, #cruz-ted, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-contracts, #defense-department, #defense-production-act, #energy-department, #esper-mark-t, #lynas-corp-ltd, #miller-jeff-1974, #mines-and-mining, #rare-earths, #rare-element-resources-limited, #rubio-marco, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Dangers of Mining the Deep Ocean

The growing push to mine the seabed threatens the vast and rich ecosystem between the surface and the seafloor.

#fish-and-other-marine-life, #fishing-commercial, #international-seabed-authority, #mines-and-mining, #oceans-and-seas, #water-pollution

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