Sub-Saharan ASGM remains a major concern

In Sub-Saharan Africa, artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM) is a major source of gold production and an important source of income for many families. Many ASGM outfits use mercury to extract gold, and this is a major concern as the toxic, silvery liquid causes serious environmental problems and harms the communities that live…
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Gold for Development

Well-managed, transparent, and accountable resource extraction can be a major contributor to economic growth due to the creation of employment and business opportunities for local people. The mining industry has the incredible potential to dramatically develop rural economies. But without a proper capacity-building framework to stimulate economic activity and growth, it will be difficult to…
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Gold mining’s connection to the mercury trade

Mercury is used in the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector to extract gold from ore, and ASGM operations are the predominant source of anthropogenic mercury pollution in the world. Numerous countries and inter-governmental organisations have acted to limit the use of mercury worldwide, but much more needs to be done to completely eliminate…
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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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New ESG mining standards to uphold clean, responsible production

Mercury and cyanide, which are still used at some gold mining operations, are harmful to people and the environment. Mining activities that meet environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) mining standards are more sustainable, resilient, and stable in the long run. This is the new future of mining, and operators will need to produce gold…
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Nu Fortune Gold leads the way with Clean Mining technology

Nu Fortune Gold Ltd’s mines will be the world’s first to implement the award-winning Clean Mining advanced gold processing technology and to produce certified ‘Clean Gold’ in Western Australia. Regarded as the mineral processing technology of the future and developed for more than a decade by CSIRO — Australia’s national science agency, Clean Mining’s non-toxic…
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Reducing the use of mercury in ASGM a priority

In many artisanal and small scale mining (ASGM) operations, mercury is typically used to extract gold from ore. An amalgam — a mixture of mercury and gold — is heated to recover gold, and this process induces adverse health effects and long term environmental pollution. ASGM is an important socioeconomic sector for the rural poor…
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A Call to Responsible, Clean Mining

Responsible, clean mining is not a pipe dream. Employees of gold mining companies can enjoy better health, safety, and peace of mind if mining operations are conducted in a clean, safe, and sustainable manner. The social contract around mining activity has evolved from a past focus centred around paying the relevant taxes to today’s more…
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Mining governance and standards in emerging markets

For investors, good practices of reporting on mineral deposits and exploration activities build trust in a country’s mining capabilities. As more countries ban the use of cyanide and mercury in gold mining, mining regulations and standards have also improved dramatically in recent years. To accommodate new mining codes in various jurisdictions, companies have evolved their…
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The socio-environmental and financial impact of gold mining in the Solomon Islands

To many visitors, the scattered, emerald green necklace of atolls that constitute the Solomon Islands are an undiscovered paradise. An archipelago with over 900 islands in the Southwest Pacific, this country also has a terrain that consists of rugged mountains, volcanoes, rainforests, and spectacular coral reef ecosystems. While it is particularly rich in natural resources,…
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Making a real, positive change in the ASGM sector

Minerals and metals are essential for modern living and mining is still the primary method of their extraction. However, the main constraints to sustainability in the mining sector appear to arise from the increasing pollution generated by the extraction process. This holds true for large-scale operations as well as small-scale or artisanal ventures. While there…
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Dirt on dirty gold

The dirt on dirty gold

When it comes to gold, visions of ‘luxury’, ‘beauty’ and ‘prosperity’ readily spring to mind. But not all that glitters is attractive and most of the gold on the market today is “dirty” gold. The term has nothing to do with the cleanliness or purity of the metal itself but reflects the processes used to…
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Outlook 2020 clean tech key to risks

Outlook 2020: Clean technology key to mining risks

Clean technology is the key to managing risks and building future value and resilience in the mining industry, according to a review of the risks and opportunities facing Australian’s mining industry in 2020. The Australian forecast reflects global market trends that show environmental risks have intensified, regulation is getting tighter and societal demands for greater…
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Gold mining's vice-like grip on the environment

Gold mining’s vice-like grip on the environment

Beyond the shiny end-product of the gold mining process is the unfortunate reality that traditional processing methods come with serious and widespread health and environmental risks. Cyanide and mercury have been used in gold mining for more than a century and the pressure is on the industry to change as regulators move to ban toxic…
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Field Test Demonstration

Making mercury history in gold mining

Clean Mining now has a complete solution for replacing mercury in the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector. Mercury is a neurotoxic substance commonly used in extracting gold in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM). This practice comprises roughly 15 – 25% of all gold production, and yet contributes to nearly 40% of all global…
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Gold miners dying for a better solution

It might be a relatively small slice of the mining industry, accounting for less than 20% of global gold production, but artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) operations are the biggest source of mercury pollution in the world. The sector punches well above its weight producing almost 40% or nearly 830 tonnes of the 2,200…
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Clean Mining strikes gold in industry awards

Clean Mining’s innovative gold processing technology has won international recognition, taking the top award in the mineral processing category in this year’s Mining Magazine Awards. The industry-choice awards celebrate excellence and innovation in the global mining industry, acknowledging those who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to advancing the industry during the preceding 12 months. Clean Mining’s…
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Mercury havoc in the Amazon

Mercury pollution wreaks havoc in the Amazon

An increasing number of illegal, small-scale gold miners have been blamed by scientists for intensifying mercury pollution in Madre de Dios, a region in Peru’s southeastern Amazon Basin. Researchers from Duke University, in North Carolina, say the upsurge in small-scale gold mining over the past 20 years has caused extensive environmental damage. Large tracts of…
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Dangerous tailings dams

The dangers of tailing dams

Perched alongside thousands of mining operations around the world are tailing dams – vast reservoirs that store a toxic sludge of mining by-products, including water, rock particles and chemicals like cyanide and mercury. There are an estimated 3,500 active tailings dams currently in existence globally and some of these dams represent the largest engineered structures…
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How to set up an eco-friendly gold processing plant

When you’ve literally struck gold and are ready to start processing, it’s easy to turn to traditional methods to extract your gold from ore – but there is a better, safer and cost-effective solution. Learn how you can be eco-friendly in this article. Traditional gold processing methods generally use the toxic chemicals cyanide or mercury…
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Next-gen tech helps clean up mining

While mining is often associated with environmental damage, excessive energy and water use and safety issues, it’s also a vital global industry that creates countless jobs and sustains local businesses and economies. Next-gen tech helps clean up mining – it’s also a vital global industry that creates countless jobs and sustains local businesses and economies.…
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ethical gold

How to spot ethical gold

As one of the most prized minerals on the planet, the allure of gold is universally common and yet obtaining consistent information about gold and its source of origin can be surprising complex. As consumers become increasingly environmentally and ethically conscious, a range of certifications, collaboratives and initiatives have emerged to provide consumers with information…
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hidden costs of gold

The hidden costs of gold mining

When it comes to gold mining, unfortunately, all that shines is not only the precious mineral. Glistening among most gold mining operations are toxic chemicals like cyanide and mercury and wastewater-filled tailing dams that catch water infused with harmful chemicals and other mining by-products. While cyanide and mercury are a highly effective reagents for extracting…
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how to unlock viable gold deposits

How to unlock unviable gold deposits

As global gold prices continue to climb, miners are investing in exploration activities when they may be better off finding new ways to unlock previously unviable or ‘stranded’ deposits. Stranded deposits – that is, gold deposits that are too small, too far from a mill with an inappropriate open pit stripping ratio to be economically…
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metallurgists engineers

Global search under way for engineers and metallurgists

To support its business growth strategy, Clean Mining has embarked on a search to recruit world-class metallurgists and process engineers. The recruitment process follows the successful launch of Clean Mining’s cyanide-free gold processing technology in June 2019, which has been met with strong interest from potential clients and suppliers. Clean Mining Managing Director said the…
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Demand for clean gold strong, say jewellers

Recipients of the first Clean Gold™ in Australia, jewellers Samantha and Clinton Nordhoff, say demand for sustainably produced gold is strong, and that appetite is growing among today’s ethical-driven consumers. The jewellers started using the cyanide-free gold produced as part of the CSIRO-Clean Mining trial in 2018 to satisfy demand from clients seeking ethically-produced, high…
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Cyanide-free world

Cyanide-free gold grabs international attention

Miners, suppliers, potential distribution partners and even research institutes are among those that have welcomed Clean Mining’s cyanide-free gold processing solution since it was launched in June. Clean Mining Managing Director Jeff McCulloch said the company had fielded queries from all corners of the globe, with particular interest stemming from Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, Russia…
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Jeff McCulloch

CSIRO announces Clean Mining exclusive

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has announced Clean Mining has the exclusive rights to sell and distribute new cyanide-free gold processing technology worldwide. The innovative, cost-effective processing technology replaces cyanide with a safer, less hazardous chemical reagent, thiosulphate. This inorganic compound helps dissolve fine gold out of ores into a solution, which can then be…
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APPMC conference 2018

Clean Mining joins headline panel at metals conference

When hundreds of the world’s top thought-leaders and decision-makers descend on Singapore for the Asia Pacific Precious Metals Conference, Clean Mining will be front and centre in the discussion on industry sustainability. Managing Director Jeff McCulloch has been invited to join a panel discussion on the regulation of the precious metals supply chain and whether…
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ethical gold rush

Ethical gold rush: Consumers rank conscience over carats

Growing volumes of evidence show consumers are seeking out brands and products underpinned by socially responsible business practices showing ethical gold. A well-cited study, conducted by Ipsos Mori in 2015, reported more than 80% of consumers surveyed thought a retailer’s ethical standards mattered to them. Over a third of customers reported their consumer behaviour would…
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