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Hillary Clinton, Phosphates and Western Sahara

Stephen Zunes | Posted 09.29.2015 | World
Stephen Zunes

For more than a half-century, a series of United Nations resolutions and rulings by the International Court of Justice have underscored the rights of inhabitants of countries under colonial rule or foreign military occupation.

John McCain Fought For Native Religious Freedom, Then He Sold Sacred Oak Flat

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been the subject of intense criticism from Native activists and their supporters over the past year for his role in or...

The Future of Construction Sites Lies in these Robots

Natalie Kalin | Posted 09.03.2015 | Technology
Natalie Kalin

At the intersection of arduous and repeatable, there are bound to be robots (or, at the very least, great machines.)

The Animas River Spill and the Myth of Mine Safety

Joel Reynolds | Posted 08.19.2015 | Green
Joel Reynolds

This month the industry's biggest lie -- that it can be trusted with our water -- is once again on display as another mining disaster has spilled millions of gallons of toxic mining waste and chemicals into our streams, rivers and lakes.

Protesters Confront John McCain During Visit To Navajo Capital

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics

Adriano Tsinigine, 17, wore his finest traditional jewelry -- a turquoise necklace, stamped silver and turquoise bowguard, and watch -- for the Navajo...

EPA Spilled, but Didn't Dump, the Toxics That Ended up in Colorado's River

Steven Cohen | Posted 08.17.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Unlike the climate issue that Inhofe famously asserts does not exist, yellow and poisoned rivers are a bit harder to wish away. Blaming the problem on EPA's competence is more posturing than policy.

EPA Chief Apologizes For Huge Colorado Mine Spill

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Environmental Protection Agency was remorseful Tuesday after an EPA safety team accidentally caused 3 million gallons o...

'Green News Report' - August 11, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.11.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Toxic mine spill contaminates waterways across three Southwest states; ...

100 Years of Occupation in Haiti -- Still Glittering as Gold

Mark Schuller | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Mark Schuller

The first U.S. Occupation of Haiti in 1915 occurred while the European former colonial powers were at war with one another.

Trillion Dollar Space Industry Started, and You Missed Out

Mario De Leo Winkler | Posted 07.28.2015 | Science
Mario De Leo Winkler

Asteroids are leftover rocks from the creation of the Solar System 4.5 billion years ago.

Oak Flat: The Latest Land Grab From Native Americans

Dave Johnson | Posted 07.22.2015 | Green
Dave Johnson

A "sneak law" attachment to a "must-pass" bill gives sacred Native American land to a foreign mining company. How did this happen?

Kate Sheppard

Mining Heads Into The Deep Sea, Raising Environmental Concerns | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.07.2015 | Green

Mining in the deep sea for minerals is uncharted territory, but one company is well on its way to making it a reality. Now, the company is trying to c...


theSkimm | Posted 06.29.2015 | Technology

THE STORY Bitcoin is still a thing -- a thing people are confused by. Turns out being a currency that could change the future of payments isn't easy. ...

Driverless cars will reshape the economy, but these three hurdles will make it a slow process

Sam Tracy | Posted 06.22.2015 | Technology
Sam Tracy

In the past decade, the idea of cars driving themselves has quickly gone from sci-fi dream to impending reality.

Strip-mining the Ocean Floor: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 05.14.2015 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

Let's not repeat the mistakes of our past with a resource as important as our oceans. Before we allow a deep sea gold rush to destroy those underwater landscapes and life forms, let's take the time to understand exactly what we're getting ourselves into.

SEC's waiting game must end for oil, mining transparency

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

With payments out in the open, citizens can hold their governments accountable for how they spend payments, and companies can be held accountable for paying what is due. Armed with that information, activists can push for more of that money to be spent back in their communities.

Responsible Gold Also Means Supporting Livelihoods of Artisanal Miners

OECD | Posted 06.22.2015 | World

The push for "conflict-free" minerals has created new challenges for mines in eastern Congo, like Mukungwe, to access formal gold markets, mainly because of unreasonably high expectations from the market that go beyond international standards.

Speaking Truth to Power

Katie Redford | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Katie Redford

It took years for this epidemic of rape to come to light. This is quite common: many victims are too scared to speak, enduring the lasting emotional and physical trauma alone.

The Pebble Partnership and the Demeaning of Independence

Joel Reynolds | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Pebble and its Beltway-based CEO announced this week the hiring of two Washington, D.C. consulting firms to "conduct an independent review" of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA") work on the proposed mine.

Feingold's Departing Remarks to Foggy Bottom Require an Addendum

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Georgianne Nienaber

I was hopeful that Feingold would speak to the root causes of armed rebellions in the region. It was puzzling that the speech offered no mention of why armed groups are there in the first place. Does this reflect a fundamental misunderstanding, or worse, omission by State that illegal mining contributes to extreme poverty and deprivation?

A Gold Digger's Guide to the Universe

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 04.20.2015 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

We all love gold, but the best and fastest way to get more of it is by doing what we have been doing for thousands of years. Learn geology, get lucky, and hope for a gold vein!

Amidst Scandal and Crisis, a Way Forward For Resource Governance in Latin America

Daniel_Kaufmann | Posted 04.17.2015 | World

Countries like Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru are among the resource-rich economies in Latin America that have made inroads their extractive sectors, particularly regarding transparency in revenues. Others are embroiled in major economic crises, like Venezuela.

This Valentine's Day: Get Engaged With Congo, Break Up With Conflict Gold

Emmanuelle Chriqui | Posted 04.14.2015 | Style
Emmanuelle Chriqui

With Valentine's Day approaching, you might be thinking about what gift of jewelry you can give that special someone that perfectly expresses your love. Consider, too, how that gift can support peace -- what it represents from mine to maker -- and make Congo's future a part of that decision.

Feds Crack Down on Alaska Mining Co. in Clean Water Act Indictment

Tim Sohn | Posted 01.26.2015 | Green
Tim Sohn

In a first for extraction-friendly Alaska, the Department of Justice last week announced an indictment against mining company XS Platinum, Inc. (XSP), and five of its officers and employees.

'Green News Report' - November 25, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: NY Gov. Cuomo blames meteorologists for his failure to prep for deadly ...