December 2019

The Amazon rainforest is one of the most contested spaces for mining in the world, but the effects of mining operations have been devastating to the environment. In the next issue, we check in on the state of mining in the Amazon and ask whether it can be done sustainably.

In Europe, we take a look at the future of coal mining in Poland, which is currently the biggest producer of coal in the EU. We also review new data on the UK’s dependence on critical minerals and ask whether the country’s biggest mining project - Sirius Minerals' polyhalite underground mine - can go ahead after recent financing plans have fallen through.

We also explore the impact of political tensions and trade bans on the global nickel market, take a look at South Africa’s efforts to promote a revival of mining interest after years of falling production, and ask whether the mining supply chain is ready to embrace automation.



Molly Lempriere

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Daniel Garrun


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Ashley McPherson

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Anett Arc, Marzia Del Gaone, Tyrrell Lowe, Noemi Balint, Petra Konyi-Kiss, Maria Gimenez, Filipe Costa, Martina Labaiova 

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John Hammond


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