June 2019

Residents of 13 villages in western Guinea have filed a complaint against the IFC, the World Bank’s private-sector arm, for funding the expansion of a harmful bauxite mine. We consider whether international organisations should pay closer heed to the projects they fund.

In technology, we take a look at ABB’s new predictive software and remote operating service, MineOptimize. As well as the potential of small modular reactors for powering remote mines, weighing the pros and cons. And in a special video feature, we look at the 80 carriage train that derailed in Queensland.

Following the collapse of the Brumadinho tailings dam, the ICMM has committed to creating a binding set of global standards for the definition, construction and safe decommissioning of tailings dams. We talk to them about what these standards should include.

Finally, we ask what motivates jobseekers, talk to Bluebird Merchant Ventures about Redeveloping historic mines in South Korea and take a look at palladium as it hits an all-time high.



Molly Lempriere

Commissioning Editor

Daniel Garrun


Scarlett Evans, Heidi Vella

Magazine Designer

Ashley McPherson

Graphic Designers

Anett Arc, Paulius Zutautas, Kate Cuntapay, Sara Basto, Marzia Del Gaone, Tyrrell Lowe, Noemi Balint

Lead Designer

John Hammond


Susanne Hauner

Digital Publishing Director

Duncan West



Sophie Hoare


Sales Manager

Tariq Khan

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