Tag: Mines and Mining

How Russia Meddles Abroad for Profit: Cash, Trolls and a Cult Leader

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — The Russians were hard to miss. They appeared suddenly last year in Madagascar’s traffic-snarled capital, carrying backpacks stuffed with cash and campaign swag decorated with the name of Madagascar’s president. It was one of Russia’s most overt attempts at election interference to date. Working from their headquarters in a resort hotel, the […]

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The Hidden Cost of Gold: Birth Defects and Brain Damage

CIDAHU, Indonesia — Thousands of children with crippling birth defects. Half a million people poisoned. A toxic chemical found in the food supply. Accusations of a government cover-up and police officers on the take. This is the legacy of Indonesia’s mercury trade, a business intertwined with the lucrative and illegal production of gold. More than […]

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Attack on Canadian Mining Company in Burkina Faso Kills 37

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — 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. The impoverished and politically fragile country has been struggling to quell a rising jihadist revolt that […]

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Why Is Australia Trying to Shut Down Climate Activism?

SYDNEY, Australia — One climate activist halted train service by chaining himself to the tracks. Others have glued themselves to busy roads, causing gridlock. And just last week, protesters locked arms to stop people from entering a mining conference before being forcibly dispersed by police officers with pepper spray. A surge of climate activism is […]

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Murray Energy Is 8th Coal Company in a Year to Seek Bankruptcy

Murray Energy, once a symbol of American mining prowess, has become the eighth coal company in a year to file for bankruptcy protection. The move on Tuesday is the latest sign that market forces are throttling the Trump administration’s bid to save the industry. The collapse of the Ohio-based company had long been expected as […]

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Can Mayors Save the World From Climate Change?

BUCASIA BEACH, Australia — Mayor Greg Williamson crunched through the dead branches and kicked the sand. His government had planted trees near the shore to protect this northern Australian beach community from the effects of climate change, but someone had cut them down, apparently for a better view. “It looks to me like they started […]

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A Desperate Battle, and a Victory for Now, at a Remote Afghan Outpost

CHAKARAN, Afghanistan — In one of the most remote places in Afghanistan, government forces this month managed to achieve something vanishingly rare these days: They clawed back not one but three districts from the Taliban’s grip. But the cost was high, and the victory was tenuous. Even as the Afghan forces turned their attention toward […]

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It’s the Environment, Stupid

I don’t know who sold progressive Democrats on the idea that the way to beat Donald Trump is to abolish the private health insurance of 160 million Americans and offer instead “Medicare for all” (and Mexico will pay for it), but it’s a political loser and an easy target for Trump to feast on. A […]

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In Coal Country, the Mines Shut Down, the Women Went to Work and the World Quietly Changed

FLEMING-NEON, Ky. — In the pre-dawn hours when all is dark and quiet, Amanda Lucas leaves her house and begins the long drive to her job at a hospital an hour away. In years past, it was the men who would empty out of the hollows of Letcher County before sunrise. All day long they […]

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The Florida Activist Is 78. The Legal Judgment Against Her Is $4 Million.

STUART, Fla. — Maggy Hurchalla’s piece of Florida heaven is a patch of pristine Atlantic shore accessible only by boat in St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park. She and her husband nicknamed it the “End of the World” when they first came upon it half a century ago, after paddling south along the barrier island […]

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What Draws Hundreds to This Lake Bed? Spellbinding Crystals

Surfacing Welcome to Gem-O-Rama, California’s new gold rush. ImageReeve Peterson, a gem dealer, feels for pink halite crystals at Gem-O-Rama in Trona, Calif.CreditBrian Guido for The New York Times Rockhounds dig for hanksite, borax, trona and other minerals during the “Mud Trip.”CreditBrian Guido for The New York Times At the 77th Annual Gem-O-Rama last October, […]

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Amazon Forests Are Being Razed at Breakneck Speed, and Not Only in Brazil

Three years of relative peace with rebels in Colombia has opened once-forbidding jungles to settlers. Illegal gold mining is fueling forest loss in Peru. Cattle ranchers in Bolivia are razing rainforest to meet beef demand in China. Deforestation at breakneck rates is depleting vast expanses of Amazon forest contained in South American countries neighboring Brazil. […]

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Conviction of Don Blankenship, Ex-Coal Baron, Should Be Overturned, Judge Recommends

A federal magistrate judge in West Virginia on Monday recommended overturning the conviction of Donald L. Blankenship, a former coal executive who served one year in prison after a deadly 2010 explosion at his company’s mine, saying prosecutors withheld evidence that could have led to his acquittal. Mr. Blankenship was convicted in 2015 of conspiring […]

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Trump’s Greenland Plan Shows He Has No Idea How American Power Works

President Trump announced on Tuesday that he would postpone a planned trip to Denmark because Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen refuses to consider selling Greenland to the United States. Ms. Frederiksen called the idea “absurd.” It might be, but it was also revealing. In seeking to purchase Greenland, Mr. Trump did more than rattle an ally. […]

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Gina Lopez, Who Led Crackdown on Mines in the Philippines, Dies at 65

MANILA — Gina Lopez, a former environmental activist who introduced a broad crackdown on Philippine mining companies after she was appointed the country’s environmental secretary in 2016, died on Monday. She was 65. Her death, from multiple organ failure, was confirmed by the ABS-CBN Foundation, a social development group of which she was the longtime […]

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Unpaid Miners Blocked a Coal Train in Protest. Weeks Later, They’re Still There.

CUMBERLAND, Ky. — A little after 4 p.m. on Friday, four hulking big-rig cabs, facing each other in pairs and taking up both lanes, brought the Kingdom Come Parkway to a standstill. On the highway between the trucks, eight out-of-work coal miners raised a banner: “No Pay We Stay.” That is the miners’ plan in […]

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The World Has a Diamond Glut. Why Is That a Problem?

LONDON — Is it ever possible to have too many diamonds? For many in the business of producing and trading these gems in recent years, the answer is yes. The top diamond miners in the world, including the two largest, Alrosa and De Beers, have an inventory problem. So do many of the cutters and […]

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How One Billionaire Could Keep Three Countries Hooked on Coal for Decades

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. SYDNEY, Australia — The vast, untapped coal reserve in northeastern Australia had for years been the object of desire for the Indian industrial giant Adani. In June, when the Australian authorities granted the company approval to extract coal from the […]

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The New Threat to Endangered Species? The Trump Administration

Endangered species come on lists. But lists obscure relationships. What can it mean that a few mussels, some snails we’ve never heard of, obscure crayfish in marginal headwaters and some island-confined songbirds are vanishing? Some 1,650 species of animals and plants in the United States are listed under federal law as endangered or threatened. But […]

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