mining

Recycling Old Gold Can Put an End to the Need for More Mining

September 9, 2013 / No Comments

Human love for gold and gold ornaments is nothing new. From time immemorial, people have placed their trust on this yellow metal for its value and glow. According to the US Geological Survey, 171,300 tons of gold have been mined throughput the past and the rate is increasing by 3,000 tons every year. But then, do you know that gold mining ...

Scientists Call for a Stop to Mountaintop Removal Mining

January 7, 2010 / 1 Comment

Recently, the EPA approved of the removal of some mountaintops for the purpose of opening new coal mines. The only condition is that enough steps are taken to ensure minimal damage. However, Science magazine published a new article in which twelve scientists from various US-based institutions have expressed strong disagreement and disappointment in the decision.

Salar De Uyuni: Will Lithium Turn Bolivia Into the Next Middle East?

April 10, 2009 / 7 Comments

The landscape of Salar De Uyuni is a breathtaking sight to behold for travelers from all around the world who go through plenty to witness the true splendor of these salt-filled plains. But those reflective plains which mirror the sky and stretch endlessly as photographer’s delight, could very soon turn into the next Middle East of the world- brazen, abrasive, ...

Coal Efficiency to Get Boost in China

November 6, 2008 / No Comments

China does a pretty lousy job of getting the most from its coal. The country uses about 3.3 tons of raw material to produce one ton of coal while at the same time the U.S. uses about 1.25 tons to get the same result. Other countries that get about an 80% return are Australia, Germany and Canada. The "Red Panda" is ...