The Portuguese set foot in South Africa in the 15th century, and the Dutch settled at the "Cape of Storms" in 1652. But the noses of the first interlopers into southern Africa were not sharp enough to fore-smell Kimberley's hidden diamonds or the Witwatersrand's entombed gold.
Canadian exploration company Northern Dynasty Minerals is the only partner remaining in the once formidable Pebble Partnership - the poorly-funded proponent of the reckless scheme to build a massive mine in the headwaters of the world's greatest wild salmon fishery.
To our military veterans, the Boundary Waters is a place where the land and country they fought for provides healing. No one better illustrates this than Erik Packard, an army veteran who served two tours in Iraq.
As concerns remain regarding the collapse of two further mining dams in Brazil, moving beyond "polluters pay" resolutions to more proactive, scalable, and cost-effective preventive mechanisms becomes fundamental for Latin America's extractive sector.
If we are ever going to make space travel happen, we need to have a far more realistic economic reason for embarking on such an undertaking, and 100-year-old memes are not a very good place to start the discussion.
Our family home was for sale. The proud Victorian house with its gingerbread and fancy, eye-shaped windows was built high up on the mountainside and looked down over the mining town in the valley below. As I drove up the gravel road, I knew that this was to be my last visit.
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.
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.