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A decade on, hero Chilean miners are bitter and divided

Copiap - A decade ago, 33 Chilean miners became a symbol of hope and solidarity after surviving for more than two months trapped deep underground in the Atacama desert.

Record 212 environmental activists murdered in 2019: NGO

Paris - At least 212 environmental campaigners worldwide were murdered in 2019, making last year the deadliest on record for frontline activists battling the destruction of Nature, watchdog group Global Witness reported Wednesday.

Dreams of Myanmar's 'unwashed' jade miners buried by disaster

Chen - Five Yay Ma Hsay -- or 'unwashed' as the jade miners of northern Myanmar are known -- arrived early Thursday at the pit to scrape out a living on a scraggy hillside, lured by the prospect of finding a stone that could transform their lives.

Mass burial for scores killed in Myanmar jade mine disaster

Chen - Dozens of jade miners were buried Friday in a mass grave after a landslide in northern Myanmar killed over 170, most of them migrant workers seeking their fortune in treacherous open-cast mines near the China border.

More bodies found at Myanmar jade mine disaster

Chen - Rescuers Friday pulled several bodies from the scene of a landslide which killed over 160 jade miners in northern Myanmar, many of them migrant workers seeking their fortune in treacherous open-cast mines near the China border.

More than 160 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide

Chen - The battered bodies of more than 160 jade miners were pulled from a sea of mud after a landslide in northern Myanmar on Thursday, after one of the worst-ever accidents to hit the treacherous industry.

Russian mining giant admits waste 'violations' at Arctic plant

Moscow - A Russian mining giant behind an enormous Arctic fuel spill last month said Sunday it had suspended workers at a metals plant who were responsible for pumping wastewater into nearby tundra.

Miner becomes millionaire after finding biggest tanzanite stones

Dar Es Salaam - A Tanzanian small-scale miner has become a multi-millionaire after uncovering two of the biggest of the country's precious tanzanite stones ever found and selling them to the government.Saniniu Kuryan Laizer, 52, found the stones weighing 9.27 and 5.

Rio Tinto launches probe after destroying ancient Aboriginal site

Sydney - Mining giant Rio Tinto launched a high-level review of its operations in Western Australia on Friday after the company blew up a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal heritage site to expand an iron ore mine.

Virus mine closures stir unease in Poland's rust belt

Jastrzebie-zdroj - A spike in reported coronavirus cases in Poland's coal mines has put the country on edge but residents worried about jobs are playing down the health crisis.

Poland reports virus spike linked to mine

Warsaw - Poland saw a record spike in new confirmed coronavirus cases over the weekend, with most of the hundreds of infections reported by the health ministry linked to a coal mine in the country's south.

Rio Tinto admits damaging Australian Aboriginal heritage site

Sydney - Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has admitted damaging ancient Aboriginal rock shelters in the remote Pilbara region -- blasting near the 46,000-year-old heritage site to expand an iron ore mine.

Nine killed in Indonesia mining accident

Jakarta - Nine people were killed by a landslide at an illegal gold mine in Sumatra, an Indonesian official said Sunday. The accident happened Saturday in South Solok in West Sumatra province when a group of 12 people were digging for gold at an abandoned mine.

Brazil launches crisis group after mining ship wrecks

S - The Brazilian navy said Thursday it has set up a crisis team to handle potential environmental damage caused by a ship loaded with iron ore that is at risk of sinking after an accident.

Mining giant BHP warns coronavirus could impact demand

Sydney - BHP, the world's biggest miner, warned Tuesday that demand for resources could be hit by the novel coronavirus outbreak in China unless the epidemic is contained by the end of March.

Brazil's Vale reports big slump in 'challenging' year

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian mining giant Vale said Tuesday its iron-ore production plunged in 2019, calling it "the most challenging year of its history" after a dam collapse at one of its mines killed 270 people.

Cyclone Damien bears down on Australian mining hub

Sydney - Western Australia's mineral-rich Pilbara region braced Friday as powerful Cyclone Damien prepared to make landfall, causing ports to close and forcing mining firms to stand down non-essential staff.

A year after Brazil dam breach, the mud has dried but not the tears

Brumadinho - Before saying a prayer for her older sister, Natalia de Oliveira lights a candle and places it next to rosary beads and a photo of her sibling killed in a massive dam collapse in Brazil.

Vale ex-boss charged with homicide over Brazil dam collapse: official

Belo Horizonte - State prosecutors in Brazil on Tuesday charged the ex-boss of mining giant Vale and 15 others with intentional homicide in a massive dam collapse that killed 270 people last year.

Vale, auditor charged over deadly Brazil dam collapse: official

Belo Horizonte - State prosecutors in Brazil on Tuesday charged mining giant Vale, its German auditor and 16 individuals over a massive dam collapse that killed 270 people last year.

Protests and outrage as Siemens backs Aussie mine project

Berlin - Environmental activists across the world slammed German engineering conglomerate Siemens on Monday after it decided to carry on with a controversial coal mine project in Australia.

Brazil's govt to propose oil exploration on indigenous land: media

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's government will propose legalizing oil and gas exploration as well as hydroelectric dam construction on indigenous land, a report said Saturday, citing a draft of a bill to be sent to Congress.

US piles on sanctions pain against Iran

Washington - The United States piled new sanctions on Iran's already crippled economy Friday and defended the killing of a top Iranian leader, saying he had been planning an "imminent" attack on US embassies.

US tech giants sued over cobalt mine child labor deaths

New York - Five US tech giants including Apple, Microsoft and Google parent Alphabet have been named in a lawsuit over the death of child laborers in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Decades on, Soviet bombs still killing people in Afghanistan

Bamyan - Gholam Mahaiuddin sighs softly as he thinks of his 14-year-old son, who was killed in the spring by a bomb dropped last century in the hills of Bamiyan province in central Afghanistan.

37 killed in Burkina Faso's deadliest attack in five years

Ouagadougou - An ambush on a convoy transporting employees of a Canadian mining company in Burkina Faso killed 37 people on Wednesday, the deadliest attack in nearly five years of jihadist violence in the West African country.

Brazil's Vale failed to report dam defects that could have avoided tragedy: official

Rio De Janeiro - Mining giant Vale failed to report problems at a massive tailings dam in Brazil that could have averted its collapse, killing hundreds, a government agency said Tuesday.

Papua New Guinea shutters polluting Chinese plant

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea said Thursday it had ordered the indefinite closure of a multi-billion dollar Chinese-owned nickel facility that spewed potentially toxic red slurry into the sea.

15 die in dam collapse at Siberian gold mine

Moscow - Fifteen people were killed and another 13 missing after an illegally built dam collapsed at a gold mine in a remote Siberian settlement on Saturday, in the latest deadly accident to hit Russia.

Gabon's sole train a lifeline for its people and economy

Franceville - The sky turns from indigo to ebony as the tropical night falls, and the train patiently thrusts through the jungle towards its destination, still hundreds of kilometres (miles) away.
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Houses that are being restored by Adopt a House.
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Bottles representing contaminated water.
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Activist holding a sign.
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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
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Activist's shirt stating the dangers of open-pit mining.
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Signs at open-pit mining demonstration.
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FIRE: The historic general store in the silver boom town of Markleeville  about 30 miles south of So...
FIRE: The historic general store in the silver boom town of Markleeville, about 30 miles south of South Lake Tahoe, which is threatened by wildfire.
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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
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File photo: The photo shows pristine fields of New South Wales, Australia, located approximately 25 km south-east of the township of Gunnedah.
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Two Na’vi protested outside Vedanta’s AGM. © Survival
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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A picture of mining operation.
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A Canadian flag covered in oil.
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A sand mining operation in the Red River, in Jinping County, Yunnan, China.
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A photo-op for a rally supporting Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug and in protest of Gods Lake Resource mining the area.
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A large banner opposing "mining abuse" across from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre where one of the world's largest mining conventions took place.
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