Apollo landers, Neil Armstrong's bootprint and other human artifacts on Moon officially protected by new US law

Who cares what happens to bootprints on the Moon? All humans should. And thankfully the US Congress and president agree.

Michelle L.D. Hanlon, Professor of Air and Space Law, University of Mississippi • conversation
Jan. 12, 2021 ~9 min

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Metal pollution is leaving scallops helpless against crabs and lobsters

New research points to 'heavy metals' having unseen effects on a much larger scale than previously thought.

Roland Kröger, Professor, Department of Physics, University of York • conversation
Nov. 5, 2020 ~7 min

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A proposed mine threatens Minnesota's Boundary Waters, the most popular wilderness in the US

Conservation or copper? A proposed mine in northern Minnesota pits industrial jobs against a thriving outdoor economy.

Char Miller, W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History, Pomona College • conversation
Oct. 5, 2020 ~10 min

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Mine waste dams threaten the environment, even when they don't fail

Dams built to hold enormous quantities of toxic mining waste have a long history of spills. Decisions in the Pacific Northwest threaten three free-flowing rivers there.

Julian D. Olden, Professor of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington • conversation
Feb. 24, 2020 ~9 min

 brazil  canada  dams  water-pollution  mining  regulation  rivers  alaska  heavy-metals  mine-tailings

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