Law of the land: the new issue of MINE is out

A court ruling in favor of an injured worker in the Democratic Republic of Congo should not make headlines, but in an industry notorious for flouting workers’ rights, such rulings are noteworthy. The ruling that a China-backed miner will have to pay the wages and medical expenses of an injured worker at one of its facilities could set a precedent for other health and safety disputes in the mining sector and shift the balance of power away from mining. giants.

Elsewhere, we celebrate International Women’s Day by chatting with Dr Eleonora Widzyk-Capehart about the plight of women in mining and investigating some of the latest cutting-edge technologies being rolled out in the sector, from autonomous exploration techniques to goggles. of augmented reality.

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Chinese investment in Congolese cobalt: the challenges of international mining investment

A High Court ruling that a Chinese-backed company must pay medical bills for an injured Congolese worker has drawn attention to the risks associated with international mining investment. JP Casey asks if this dynamic can be improved.

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A virtual monopoly: where do rare earths come from in the world?

The metals at the heart of the energy transition suffer from a virtual monopoly. Matthew Farmer investigates the imbalances in this critical sector.

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International Women’s Day: greater diversity in the mining landscape

Scarlett Evans talks to researcher, mining engineer and professor Dr Eleonora Widzyk-Capehart about her experiences in the world of mining.

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Surface Mapping: Technology, Exploration and the Future of Mining

Scarlett Evans talks to Jeremy Suard, CEO of subsurface mapping company Exodigo, about the company’s recently commercialized technology and the implications it may have on how miners explore new ground.

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“A brilliant recovery”: in the latest report on the global diamond industry

Scarlett Evans reflects on Bain & Co’s relationship with the World Diamond Center in Antwerp, looking at how the industry has recovered from pandemic lows.

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Next issue: residues

Once something of a bogeyman following a series of high-profile accidents, the tailings haven’t been a source of widespread destruction for the mining industry for several years. What technological and operational reforms have led to this improvement, and does the future of mining also appear disaster-free?

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