Outlook 2020 clean tech key to risks

Demand for Clean Gold Gains Momentum

Clean gold versus dirty gold. It is hard to distinguish it from the finished product. The truth lies out there in the mines where and how they were extracted. Modern industrial gold mining destroys landscapes and creates huge amounts of toxic waste. Due to the use of dirty practices such as open pit mining, companies…
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Dangerous tailings dams

Tailings Dams – A Threat to the Environment

Tailings and tailings dams are part and parcel of the gold mining industry since time immemorial. Tailings are the waste products from mining after the valuable minerals such as gold and copper have been extracted using mechanical and chemical processes to grind up the ores into fine sand. Tailings are not environmentally friendly as they…
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Time for a Sustainable Alternative to Replace Cyanide in Gold Mining

For years, cyanide heap leaching is the traditional method adopted to recover metal ores. This low-cost practice helped gold mines to extract gold deposits profitably. Cyanide is adopted in 90% of gold extracted worldwide. Of the 1.1 million tons of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) produced annually, only 6% is converted into sodium cyanide for use in the…
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ethical gold rush

Is Responsible Gold Mining Possible?

According to the World Gold Council, gold mining is conducted with respect to the environment and the human rights and well being of our employees, contractors and members of the communities associated with our activities. Its Responsible Gold Mining Principles set out clear expectations for consumers, investors and the downstream supply chain as to what…
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