Mining giant BHP swaps coal power for renewables

The plan is expected to displace three million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year from 2022

Minergy’s Masama Coal Project in Botswana is now fully operational

The firm claims it has extracted roughly 39,000 tonnes of coal to date and believes there is in excess of 340,000 tonnes exposed in the pit

BHP boss announces $400m to tackle ‘existential risk of climate change’

CEO Andrew Mackenzie has endorsed drastic action to combat the issue of climate change, which he said was ‘indisputable’

World Bank launches new fund to support ‘climate-smart’ mining for low carbon tech

It will assist with the sustainable extraction and processing of minerals and metals used in clean energy technologies

EV battery
Amnesty International questions ethics of EV batteries

The charity has suggested the mining and production processes associated with batteries may be ethically and environmentally harmful

Resource extraction
Global resource extraction ‘has more than tripled since 1970’

UN Environment says the annual extraction of materials grew from 27 billion tonnes to 92 billion tonnes over the period

Glencore pledges to cap global coal production

It has vowed to align the business with the Paris climate targets following pressure from investors

A view of Earth from the moon
Could moon mining mission be the key to sustainable rocket fuel?

The European Space Agency and ArianeGroup suggest regolith ore in space could prove a valuable resource

Coal mining
Are US coal mines being shafted?

The number of active coal mines operating across the country more than halved between 2008 and 2017

Energy cost of mining bitcoin ‘double that of gold’

New research reveals the significant energy expense in generating cryptocurrencies