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141 NGOs seek moratorium on mining, oil and gas extraction in Greenland

Nalunaq gold mine Greenland

Some 141 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from all over the world have called on the Greenlandic and Danish governments and the European Union to help protect the Greenlandic and Arctic environment. The Nalunaq Gold Mine is Greenland’s first gold mine. Photo credit: Arctic Deeply The call was contained in an appeal published on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Greenland is said to ...

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BMW, Tetra Pak, Schüco flay plans to mine bauxite from Ghana’s Atewa Forest

Atewa Range Forest Reserve

As Ghana weighs the economic benefits of mining bauxite for aluminum at the Atewa Range Forest Reserve, three global manufacturing companies – BMW Group, Tetra Pak and Schüco International – have signaled concern over the proposal. The Atewa Range Forest Reserve According to them, mining will have catastrophic and irreversible effects on the people and wildlife that depend on the ...

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Mining Nigeria through economic diversification

Muhammadu Buhari

Organised mining began in Nigeria in 1902, when the Mineral Survey of the Northern Protectorate was created by the British colonial government.  President Muhammadu Buhari A year later, the Mineral Survey of the Southern Protectorates was founded and by 1940s, Nigeria was a major producer of tin, columbite and coal.  The discovery of oil in 1956 affected the mineral extraction ...

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Study reveals mining in the Amazon threatens 20% of indigenous lands

Amazon rainforest

A new report reveals that mining operations in the Amazon basin now cover more than 20% of Indigenous lands, threatening hundreds of Indigenous communities and endangering critical ecosystems across 450,000 square kilometres. The Amazon rainforest The paper from World Resources Institute and the Amazon Geo-Referenced Socio-Environmental Information Network (RAISG) details for the first time the full extent of large-scale mining ...

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Zamfara moves against illegal miners

Bello Matawalle

Zamfara State Government has warned illegal miners operating in the state despite Federal Government’s ban on mining activities to desist or face prosecution. Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State Dr Nuruddwen Isah, the state’s Commissioner of Environment, issued the warning on Saturday, August 29, 2020 when he visited one of the suspected illegal mining sites at Sauna village in Talata ...

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Imo bans mining in Owerri to curb erosion, flooding

Hope Uzodinma

Imo State Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, has banned all mining activities in Owerri and its environs to preserve the environment against effects of erosion and flooding. Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo State Uzodinma, represented by the State Commissioner for Petroleum and Environment, Dr Ikechukwu Njoku, gave the order while speaking with newsmen in Owerri, the state capital, on Friday, June ...

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Ghana forum demands year-long moratorium to address impact of illegal mining

Irresponsible Mining

The people of Bepotintin near Ashanti Bekwi in Ghana are probably relieved, following the arrest of the Chinese born “galamsey” or illegal mining operator, Aisha Huang, whose area of operation included their farmlands. They must be relieved because the continuous vandalising of their erstwhile cocoa farms has ceased. But their relief is short-lived, because their once lucrative cocoa farms are no ...

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Experts predict Trump’s promise to bring back coal jobs ‘will not be kept’

Donald Trump

Lifting a moratorium against leases for coal mining on public lands will not create demand for coal as power companies continue to shift to natural gas and other energy sources, experts say President Trump lifted a moratorium on federal coal leases on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 paving the way for excavation of a fossil fuel on public land in the ...

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Radio Report: Implications of sand mining in Lagos

lagos sand mining

The building industry is one sector that has created huge opportunities for both the skilled and unskilled in Lagos to earn a living. But this, no doubt, has led to increase in sand mining activities in parts of the state, with attendant environmental and economic consequences. Against this backdrop, correspondent Innocent Onoh takes a look at sand mining and its ...

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Video: Government moves to intensify coal mining

Government move to intensify mining activities in Nigeria

Coal is likely to become a popular source of energy in Nigeria as the nation moves to intensify mining activities and boost production, contrary to global plans to transit to clean energy sources.

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