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December 2020

Researchers from Vienna University of Economics and Business have mapped geographical areas used for mining using satellite imagery. The data set could be used to improve environmental impact assessments and as a benchmark for further monitoring. We speak to the team to find out more.

We also speak to Bell Geospace about mineral mapping in Botswana, hear from New Leaf Technologies about elearning in mining, and examine the troubles that have faced the Pebble mine. 

We also learn about Anglo American and Platinum Group's investment in new uses for platinum metals, consider the future of Turkish gold mining, investigate the World Gold Council's report into gold miners' contributions to the UN's sustainable development goals, and explore the World Bank's near $6bn fine against Pakistan over a mining licence.



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