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A worker operates a drilling rig at the Barroso mine near Boticas, northern Portugal, on September 3, 2018.How a Rising Anti-Mining Movement Is Challenging Portugal’s “White Gold” Rush

Date: 29 December 2019

The global transition to renewable energy and electric vehicles — technologies that are currently powered by lithium-ion batteries — is creating a high demand for lithium, popularly known as white gold, among other minerals.

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Chinese metal mines feed the global demand for gadgets. They’re also poisoning China’s poorest regions.

Date: 29 December 2019

DACHANG, China — Day and night, overfilled trucks rumble down Nanjiu Road in the saw-toothed hills that stretch to the Vietnam border. It’s a procession at the heart of one of China’s most hazardous industries.

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Google admits workers making its tech exposed to ‘birth defect’ chemical

Date: 28 December 2019

Concerns have been raised over the safety of workers at factories used by Google were exposed to harmful chemicals amid hundreds of safety violations.

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Mining turned Indonesian seas red. The drive for greener cars could herald a new toxic tide.

Date: 20 November 2019

POMALAA, Indonesia — Where forested hills dip into the sea, Sahman Ukas scoops up rusty-red topsoil.

His hands hold nickel that is more concentrated than many of the world’s richest deposits.

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Chad gold mine collapse leaves about 30 people dead

Date: 26 September 2019

About 30 people have died in a collapse at an illegal gold mine in Chad near the Libyan border.

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Silicon Valley Is One of the Most Polluted Places in the Country

Date: 22 September 2019

Microchip manufacturers contaminated the groundwater in the 1980s. Almost 40 years later, the cleanup still isn’t complete.

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Gold mining leaves heart of Peruvian Amazon a wasteland

Date: 21 September 2019

A decade of illegal gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon has left thousands of acres of rainforest a wasteland.

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Global Ban on Exporting Hazardous Waste to Developing Countries Becomes Law

Date: 8 September 2019

Seattle, Washington, USA. 09 August, 2019. Croatia’s 6th of September deposit of ratification of the 1995 Basel Ban Amendment has allowed this global waste dumping prohibition to finally enter into the force of international law.

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