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Lunar tunnel engineers excited by boring Moon colonies

Naples - As space agencies prepare to return humans to the Moon, top engineers are racing to design a tunnel boring machine capable of digging underground colonies for the first lunar inhabitants."Space is becoming a passion for a lot of people again.

Miner BHP faces £5bn claim over Brazil dam collapse

London - Global mining giant BHP Billiton faced Wednesday a £5.0 billion ($6.5 billion, 5.8 billion euros) claim for damages over a Brazilian dam collapse that killed 19 people in late 2015, sources said.

Tiny Australia bird stalls divisive coal mine project

Sydney - A tiny finch flew into the centre of Australia's bitter environmental politics Friday when local authorities blocked the construction of a contentious coal mine until the rare bird is protected.

Rescuers battle to find dozens killed in Myanmar mudslide

Chen - Myanmar recovery teams battled treacherous conditions Wednesday to pull a fourth body from the sludge left by a mudslide that buried more than 50 jade miners -- the latest fatal accident in a notoriously dangerous but highly-lucrative industry.

The ethical gold rush: Gilded age for guilt-free jewellery

Paris - Forget how many carats -- how ethical is your gold? As high-end consumers demand to know the origin of their treasures, some jewellers are ensuring they use responsibly sourced, eco-friendly or recycled gold.

Vale says $4 bn in assets frozen over Brazil dam disaster

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian authorities have frozen more than $4 billion dollars' worth of assets belonging to Vale over a deadly dam collapse, the mining giant said Wednesday, as it reported a 24.6 percent increase in full-year net profit.

'Can't be called water': Brazil marks two months since dam disaster

Juatuba - Brazilian fisherman Jose Geraldo dos Santos uses a long pole to push his boat down the reddish-brown Paraopeba River, taking care not to splash himself with water he says is toxic.

Twin cyclones batter Australia

Cairns - A "very destructive" category 4 cyclone slammed into Australia's remote northern coast on Saturday, while a second, equally powerful storm bore down on the country's west.

Up to 100 still feared trapped in Indonesia mine

Jakarta - Indonesian authorities warned Monday that up to 100 people could still be trapped and feared dead inside a collapsed illegal gold mine despite a painstaking rescue effort that has so far plucked 19 people alive from the rubble, but also seen nine death...

Six dead, dozens buried in Indonesia mine collapse

Indonesia - At least six people are dead and dozens more are still trapped beneath the rubble of an illegal gold mine that collapsed in Indonesia, officials said Thursday, as rescuers frantically searched for survivors.

Brazil arrests eight Vale employees over mining dam disaster

S - Brazilian authorities arrested eight employees of mining giant Vale on Friday over a dam collapse at one of its mines three weeks ago that killed at least 166 people and left 147 missing, presumed dead.

Brazil arrests eight Vale employees over mining dam disaster

S - Brazilian authorities arrested eight employees of mining giant Vale on Friday over a dam collapse at one of its mines three weeks ago that killed at least 166 people and left 147 missing, presumed dead.

Ten towns hit by river pollution from Brazil dam disaster

Rio De Janeiro - Ten towns in southeast Brazil are suffering river pollution after a dam collapse at a mine nearly three weeks ago that killed 166 people and left 155 missing, presumed dead, according to officials.

Senate passes sweeping conservation package in bipartisan vote

On Tuesday, the Senate approved a major public lands bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments.

S.Africa's tough choice: Land redistribution or mining investment?

Cape Town - South Africa's government faces a tough balancing act as it tries to attract foreign investors into the key mining sector while also pledging to seize land without paying compensation.

Vale loses license to operate key Brazil dam after disaster

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian mining giant Vale on Wednesday lost its license to operate the Lanjeiras dam, vital to its biggest mine in southeastern Minas Gerais state, the firm said.

Drainage problems detected in collapsed Brazil dam

Rio De Janeiro - A dam that collapsed at a Brazilian mine last month, killing at least 134 people, had drainage problems according to a technical inspection carried out for the mining giant Vale, media reported Tuesday.

Toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 121 dead, 226 missing

Brumadinho - The toll from a dam collapse last week at a mine in southeast Brazil has risen to 121 dead and 226 missing, according to officials Saturday.

Deadly Brazil dam collapse raises fears of environmental woes

Rio De Janeiro - A week after a dam storing mining waste collapsed in southeast Brazil, the human cost is clear, with 110 killed and 238 missing, presumed dead, but the environmental impact is still being evaluated.

A look at Brazil's diverse and lucrative mining industry

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's mining wealth has fueled its economy from colonial times. Its diverse mineral deposits are among the very richest in the world, earning it around $30 billion annually in exports.

China failing to curb methane emissions, study finds

Apo - Methane emissions from coal mining in China have continued to rise despite tough legislation and ambitious government targets, a new study based on satellite data said Wednesday.

Five engineers arrested in Brazil over deadly dam collapse

S - Five engineers, including two working for a German company, were arrested in Brazil Tuesday as part of a probe into a deadly dam collapse last week at a mine in the country's southeast, officials said.

Brazil mining giant Vale tarnished by dam disaster

Rio De Janeiro - Vale, the Brazilian company that owns the dam that burst at one of its mines killing dozens and leaving hundreds missing, is the world's biggest iron-ore miner - and its reputation has taken a harsh blow with the disaster.

Brazil puts $3 billion freeze on Vale assets after dam disaster

S - Brazilian judicial authorities have frozen $3 billion in assets of the Vale mining company after a dam collapse at one of its sites left at least 37 dead and more than 250 missing.

Torn over coal, German village struggles to heal

Proschim - Sybille Tetsch returned to the German village of Proschim to set up a restaurant four years ago, in an attempt to save her birthplace from mining excavators and heal a deep rift there over the future of coal.

Mud swallows houses after dam break at Brazil mine

Brumadinho - "Adelia's home was there. And there was Nilza's, who sold sugarcane, also swallowed up," Rosilene Aganetti said Saturday, pointing out an expanse of mud engulfing a road and the surrounding land.

Divers hunt flooded Indian mine for missing men

New Delhi - Indian navy divers on Sunday launched an operation to find 15 men trapped for more than two weeks in a flooded "rat-hole" coal mine in remote northeast India, police said.

Thirteen dead after fire in Czech mine

Prague - Thirteen miners died and 10 were injured after a methane gas fire erupted in a coal mine in the east of the Czech Republic, the worst accident of its kind there in nearly three decades.

With final goodbye, Germany shutters last black coal mine

Bottrop - Germany will close its last black coal mine on Friday, a milestone marking the end of a 200-year-old industry that once fuelled the country's economic growth but lost the battle against cheaper foreign competitors.

With final goodbye, Germany to shutter last black coal mine

Berlin - Germany will close its last black coal mine on Friday, a milestone marking the end of a 200-year-old industry that once fuelled the country's economic growth but lost the battle against cheaper foreign competitors.
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RESOURCES: This open pit coal mine is in Mugla  Turkey  about 150 miles south of Soma where the Tues...
RESOURCES: This open pit coal mine is in Mugla, Turkey, about 150 miles south of Soma where the Tuesday's disaster occurred.
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Bottles representing contaminated water.
Bottles representing contaminated water.
Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan speaking at a rally in Toronto supporting Kitchenuhm...
Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan speaking at a rally in Toronto supporting Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug.
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Councillor Cecilia Begg speaking at a rally protesting against God...
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Councillor Cecilia Begg speaking at a rally protesting against Gods Lake Resources mining her native land.
People stand in front of a hospital as they wait for news from her relatives after a coal mine explo...
People stand in front of a hospital as they wait for news from her relatives after a coal mine explosion in the Turkish province of Manisa, on May 14, 2014
Bulent Kilic, AFP
In 2016  Komatsu Ltd. unveiled at MINExpo International an  Innovative Autonomous Haulage Vehicle  d...
In 2016, Komatsu Ltd. unveiled at MINExpo International an "Innovative Autonomous Haulage Vehicle" developed exclusively as an unmanned haul truck -- with no cab -- to maximize the advantages of unmanned operation.
Komatsu Ltd.
Artist s concept of a space mine
Artist's concept of a space mine
Deep Space Industries
A Canadian flag covered in oil.
A Canadian flag covered in oil.
Activist s shirt stating the dangers of open-pit mining.
Activist's shirt stating the dangers of open-pit mining.
File photo: The photo shows pristine fields of New South Wales  Australia  located approximately 25 ...
File photo: The photo shows pristine fields of New South Wales, Australia, located approximately 25 km south-east of the township of Gunnedah.
Shenhua Australia
The ability to use predicative analytics in the cloud is helping mining companies to identify corpor...
The ability to use predicative analytics in the cloud is helping mining companies to identify corporate governance problems before they occur
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Houses that are being restored by Adopt a House.
Houses that are being restored by Adopt a House.
Adopt a House
The world-class mining district of Morococha covers an area of about 70 square kilometers in the Wes...
The world-class mining district of Morococha covers an area of about 70 square kilometers in the Western Cordillera of central Peru. The central part of the district is dominated by the giant Toromocho porphyry Copper- molybdenum deposit.
University of Geneva - Earth and Environmental Sciences
A large banner opposing  mining abuse  across from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre where one of ...
A large banner opposing "mining abuse" across from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre where one of the world's largest mining conventions took place.
A flash mob opposing Gods Lake Resources mining the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug area.
A flash mob opposing Gods Lake Resources mining the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug area.
As you can see from this picture (which is more than 50 years old) coal sands mining is nothing new ...
As you can see from this picture (which is more than 50 years old) coal sands mining is nothing new in Canada. The sheer scale that it is done on today may be causing serious problems for anyone eating near a water source in Canada.
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A sand mining operation in the Red River  in Jinping County  Yunnan  China.
A sand mining operation in the Red River, in Jinping County, Yunnan, China.
User:Vmenkov
Imperial Metals Inc has significantly reduced operations at its Mt. Polley mine because of the wildf...
Imperial Metals Inc has significantly reduced operations at its Mt. Polley mine because of the wildfires in south central British Columbia.
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