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The future of mining might be smaller than you think

As the world’s demand for metals continues to rise, some are using microorganisms to mine and “clean” waste.

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‘Nature has no borders’: why Americans are worried about Canadian mines

Concerns are growing about the downstream impacts of Canadian mines. So much so that an American non-profit commissioned planes to give journalists and community leaders a bird’s-eye view of two sites.

As conflict persists, gold mining boom is ravaging Myanmar

As conflict persists, gold mining boom is ravaging Myanmar

With a military junta retaking power last year, a gold rush is increasingly despoiling rivers in the Myanmar state of Kachin, polluting water with mercury, destroying riverbanks and farmland, and disrupting the traditional way of life of the region’s ethnic groups.