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    Global iron ore production to recover by 5.1 per cent in 2021

    Global iron ore production fell by 3 per cent to 2.2 billion tonnes in 2020. Global production is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.7 per cent to 2,663.4 million tonnes (Mt) between 2021 to... more

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    Urgent steps must be taken to reduce methane emissions this decade

    A Global Methane Assessment released last week by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) shows that human-caused methane emissions can be reduced by up to... more

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    Report highlights opportunities for mining industry to improve energy and emissions

    An independent report released today shines a light on the global mining industry’s energy usage, illuminating where energy is consumed and linking it with opportunities and pathways to decarbonise. The r... more

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    Long term monitoring shows successful restoration of mining-polluted streams

    Many miles of streams and rivers in the United States and elsewhere are polluted by toxic metals in acidic runoff draining from abandoned mining sites, and major investments have been made to clean up acid mine... more

  • Global iron ore production to recover by 5.1 per cent in 2021
  • Urgent steps must be taken to reduce methane emissions this decade
  • Report highlights opportunities for mining industry to improve energy and emissions
  • Long term monitoring shows successful restoration of mining-polluted streams
high-tech

$8.4M to search for new high-tech deposits in NSW

Explorers are being encouraged to search new areas of New South Wales for deposits of high-tech metals and critical minerals thanks to $8.4 million worth of grants from the State Government. Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Resources, John Barilaro, said a fourth round of the New Frontiers Cooperative Drilling program will reimburse successful applicants for up to 50 per cent of their per metre drilling costs up to a maximum of $200,000 each. Speaking at the NSW Exploration and Tenures Forum in Sydney on Monday, the Deputy Premier announced a $2.2 million funding boost on top of the $6.24…
collisions

Campaign to raise awareness of mining equipment collisions risk

The NSW Resources Regulator will soon commence an intensive awareness campaign that will specifically target mine workers to address the risk of collisions involving heavy mining equipment. The Resources Regulator’s Chief Inspector Garvin Burns said the Regulator is reaching out directly to workers to improve safety procedures around heavy mining equipment and light vehicles at mine sites. Mr Burns said mine operators continue to introduce new technology, equipment upgrades and improvements to procedures and training. However, near miss collisions and incidents involving vehicles have the potential to seriously injure or kill, due to the sheer size of the equipment typically…
Exploring for

$3M to expand the Exploring for the Future program into Tasmania

The Federal Government will spend up to $3 million to expand the Exploring for the Future program into Tasmania to shed new light on the region’s resources, including its critical minerals potential. Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, said Geoscience Australia will embark on this work under the second phase of the Exploring for the Future program. “We want to invest in Tasmania’s resources potential to bring future wealth and jobs to the state,” Minister Pitt said. “Critical minerals are an important part of our future and are key inputs for an increasing range of high-tech applications,…
Industry Development Plan

Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan launches

More growth, jobs and investment in Queensland’s coal, minerals and gas industries will be a key focus of the Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan being developed by the State Government. At the launch of the Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan (QRIDP) today, Resources Minister Scott Stewart said the strategy was about working with industry, the regions and communities to set a shared vision for the future of the sector. “Supporting the resources sector was a key part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery from the global coronavirus pandemic,” Minister Stewart said. “Under this plan, there will be a key focus…
iron ore prices

Australia’s resources sector to benefit from record iron ore prices

Global iron ore prices have hit record highs, surpassing the previous record from a decade ago and providing a welcome boost to Australia’s resources sector as the world recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Australia is the world’s leading iron ore producer and exporter, with the stronger prices helping to push Australian export values to an expected new high of A$136 billion 2020-21, up from the previous record of A$103 billion in 2019-20. Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, the Hon. Keith Pitt MP, said the higher prices reaffirm Australia’s position as a reliable and stable supplier and…
bacteria

A more efficient, safer alternative to sourcing copper via bacteria

Copper remains one of the single most ubiquitous metals in everyday life. Therefore, any method to harvest more of the valuable commodity proves a useful endeavour, including how bacteria interacts with the ore. Debora Rodrigues, Ezekiel Cullen Professor of Engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, in collaboration with Francisco C. Robles Hernandez, professor at the UH College of Technology and Ellen Aquino Perpetuo, professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil offered conclusive research for understanding how bacteria found in copper mines convert toxic copper ions to stable single-atom copper. In their co-authored paper, Copper Mining Bacteria: Converting toxic…
Radar satellites

Radar satellites can better protect against bushfires and floods

New research led by Curtin University has revealed how radar satellites can improve the ability to detect, monitor, prepare for and withstand natural disasters in Australia including bushfires, floods and earthquakes. The research used Synthetic Aperture Radar data obtained by the European Space Agency Sentinel-1 satellite, amongst others, to evaluate Australia-specific case studies. Lead researcher Dr Amy Parker, an ARC Research Fellow from Curtin’s School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, said the Sentinel-1 satellite mission provided the first complete global Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) dataset and the first opportunity to use this type of data to assess hazards in new…