Navajo Nation Fights Uranium Contamination

Navajo Nation Fights Uranium Contamination

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer For decades, uranium mining has contaminated the Navajo Nation, causing higher cancer rates and water pollution. Even though the health risks and environmental harms of uranium mining are well-established, new operations continue to move forward. One local group, the Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining (ENDAUM) hasn’t found a […]

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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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