Mining

The major problem is the dust — containing cobalt and many other metals, including uranium — that is released during the mining process and settles on the ground.   (Image:  Julien Harneis via   flickr /  CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Hidden Costs of Mining in DR Congo

Cobalt mining comes at a great cost to public health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. New research reveals that children are particularly vulnerable — their urine and blood samples contain high concentrations of cobalt and other metals. In past…

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Deep Sea Mining Zone Hosts CO2-Consuming Bacteria

Scientists have discovered that bacteria in the deepest parts of the seafloor are absorbing carbon dioxide and could be turning themselves into an additional food source for other deep-sea life.…

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The Hidden Costs of Mining in DR Congo

Cobalt mining comes at a great cost to public health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. New research reveals that children are particularly vulnerable — their urine and blood samples…

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New York Has Finally Banned Fracking Across the State

New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has issued its final environmental impact statement. With the department saying “fracking posed risks to land, water, natural resources, and public health,”…