Jordan’s Government Wants to Mine Its Largest Nature Reserve

Jordan’s Government Wants to Mine Its Largest Nature Reserve

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The Dana Biosphere Reserve is Jordan’s largest and most diverse protected area, spanning dunes and towering mountains and home to half of the country’s bird species. Now, the Jordanian government plans to mine the reserve for copper, Al Jazeera reports. The reserve is currently under consideration for status as […]

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No to Seabed Mining From World Conservation Congress

No to Seabed Mining From World Conservation Congress

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer A motion rejecting deep-sea mining was largely supported by delegates at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, currently meeting in Marseille, France. The motion calls for a moratorium on extracting minerals from deep below the ocean surface, as well as reforms for the International Seabed Authority, which is responsible for […]

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Illegal Amazonian Gold Rush Poisons Water Supply for Indigenous Communities

Illegal Amazonian Gold Rush Poisons Water Supply for Indigenous Communities

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Wildcat gold mining in the Amazon rainforest has skyrocketed since 2019, leading to an increase in deforestation and public health crises for Indigenous communities. Now, the mercury used to strip gold from sediment has poisoned the Tapajós river, leaving the Munduruku tribe without clean water or fish for food. Despite […]

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One Cool Thing: Mining Metal from Plants

One Cool Thing: Mining Metal from Plants

A new practice is giving traditional mining a run for its money, and it’s environmentally sustainable. “Phytomining” is the practice of producing metal from plants, and farmers worldwide are bringing the method to the forefront of resource-gathering innovation. There are 700 “hyper-accumulating” plants in existence that suck metal out of the soil. When farmers harvest and incinerate the plants, they […]

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Deep-Sea Mining Becomes Battleground Between Conservation and Clean Energy

Deep-Sea Mining Becomes Battleground Between Conservation and Clean Energy

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Biden administration and automakers are hatching plans to make electric vehicles (EVs) represent 40% of all car sales by the end of this decade. But as the government and the public begin to embrace the idea of an electric future, engineers and environmentalists struggle to balance new demand for […]

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Endangered Flower at Crossroads of U.S.’s Lithium Future

Endangered Flower at Crossroads of U.S.’s Lithium Future

A battle is raging in Nevada as the U.S. Fish, and Wildlife Service announces it will be listing Tiehm’s buckwheat flower as an endangered species, striking a blow to a lithium mining project in the region. Lithium is required for the batteries that power electric vehicles, which the government is making significant investments in to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint. But environmentalists argue that the Rhyolite Ridge lithium mine in Nevada will do more harm than good. 

Why This Matters: The world is facing two major crises: global temperature rise and biodiversity loss. In the U.S., investing in renewable energy and electric power has been identified by experts as the quickest path to net-zero emissions and preventing catastrophic temperature rise.

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