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Humanity is flushing away one of life’s essential elements

Humanity is flushing away one of life’s essential elements

SOURCE: The Atlantic DATE: February 8, 2021 SNIP: Life as we know it is carbon based. But every organism requires other elements, too, including nitrogen and phosphorus. Nitrogen is the basis of all proteins, from enzymes to muscles, and the nucleic acids that encode...
Miners now saviours in green transition

Miners now saviours in green transition

SOURCE: Mining.com DATE: January 19, 2021 SNIP: As developed economies adopt net-zero emissions targets and focus on “green” recovery, metals and minerals may one day supplant oil as the world’s top traded commodity. The price of many base and precious metals have...
Peru Gold Mining Is Increasing Wildlife Exposure to Mercury

Peru Gold Mining Is Increasing Wildlife Exposure to Mercury

SOURCE: Courthouse News Service and Science Advances DATE: November 28, 2020 SNIP: Increased gold mining activity in Peru is leading to a dangerous ecological threat as newly dug pits have increased mercury exposure to wildlife and people, according to new research...
Gold vs. Salmon: An Alaska Mine Project Just Got a Boost

Gold vs. Salmon: An Alaska Mine Project Just Got a Boost

SOURCE: New York Times DATE: July 24, 2020 SNIP: From the air it looks like just another tract of Alaska’s endless, roadless tundra, pockmarked with lakes and ponds, with a scattering of some of the state’s craggy mountains. But this swath of land, home to foraging...