Cold climate mining and the dangers of permafrost at tailings facilities

Permafrost has a huge impact in the prospecting of mines in the arctic north — it affects the entire mining lifecycle from planning and operation to eventual abandonment. Mining operators with tailings facilities in cold climates need to ascertain the durability of the active layer of permafrost as there may be implications on the feasibility…
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The critical importance of formalising the ASGM sector

There is an urgent need to formalise the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector. While policies have been promulgated and guidelines on formalising the ASGM sector have been drawn up, the relevant regulatory oversight and enforcement mechanisms must keep miners within legal frameworks so as to decouple the gold supply chain from the mercury…
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Mining Transformation and Future Prospects in response to the 4th Industrial Revolution

The extractive industry is concerned with depleting outputs and socio-environmental challenges, but ‘disruptive’ technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) could offer promising prospects. Innovative processes and a shift in operational practices will inevitably transform the industry, which will have a positive impact on miners and the communities as well as the environment and local…
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Deep sea gold rush — A race to the bottom

While deep-sea mining activities are gaining interest around the world, a better understanding of its environmental impact is necessary. Some exploration companies have veered away from terrestrial mining and are embarking on a blind race to the bottom of the oceans, and there may be potentially devastating consequences to the marine environment. The seabed is…
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