Coal mining in Wales: the 1930s writers who depicted the environmental calamity caused by the pits

The miners might be fondly remembered, but literature helps us bear in mind the environmental damage the industry caused.

Seth Armstrong Twigg, Doctoral Researcher in Welsh industrial literature, Cardiff University • conversation
Aug. 24, 2020 ~6 min

Coal mining in Wales: the 1930s writers who warned of environmental calamity caused by pits

The miners might be fondly remembered, but literature helps us bear in mind the environmental damage the industry caused.

Seth Armstrong Twigg, Doctoral Researcher in Welsh industrial literature, Cardiff University • conversation
Aug. 24, 2020 ~6 min

A rush is on to mine the deep seabed, with effects on ocean life that aren't well understood

Companies are eager to mine the deep ocean for valuable mineral deposits. But scientists are concerned about impacts on sea life, including creatures that haven't even been discovered yet.

Elizabeth Mendenhall, Assistant Professor of Marine Affairs and Political Science, University of Rhode Island • conversation
Aug. 17, 2020 ~9 min

Divers discover mining cave from the Ice Age

"Until now, no one was really sure why this region's earliest inhabitants were exploring underground cave systems."

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
July 14, 2020 ~6 min

Gold mining leaves deforested Amazon land barren for years, find scientists

Mining strips nitrogen from the soil and means the forest struggles to grow back even after mines are abandoned. 

David Galbraith, Associate Professor in Earth System Dynamics, University of Leeds • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~7 min

Can UK fossil fuel companies now be held accountable for contributing to climate change overseas?

How Zambian farmers won the right to pursue claims in UK courts – and why UK polluters should be worried

Sam Varvastian, PhD researcher, Cardiff University • conversation
May 28, 2020 ~7 min

Gold rush, mercury legacy: Small-scale mining for gold has produced long-lasting toxic pollution, from 1860s California to modern Peru

Small-scale gold mining operations in developing countries are major sources of toxic mercury pollution, using techniques that haven't changed much since the California Gold Rush 150 years ago.

Jasmine Parham, Ph.D. Student in Biology, Duke University • conversation
May 28, 2020 ~10 min

I'm a bit of a modern-day alchemist, recovering gold from old mobile phones

There's 33 times more gold in the average handset than in the equivalent amount of ore. Yet the vast majority is never recovered.

Sandra Wilson, Professor of Ecological Metal Design, University of Dundee • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~9 min

India's carbon emissions fall for first time in four decades

The fall in the carbon dioxide emissions is not just due to the country's coronavirus lockdown.

By Justin Rowlatt • bbcnews
May 12, 2020 ~4 min

Indigenous people may be the Amazon's last hope

Native Brazilians are among the Amazon's most effective defenders against logging and mining, because they're fighting not just for the environment but for their people's very survival.

Maira Irigaray, PhD Candidate Geography, University of Florida • conversation
Feb. 27, 2020 ~9 min

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