More is said about mine closure than is done about mine closure. Will they ever close Giant and Faro? I doubt it. Still if the topic interests you, here a few upcoming events. The InfoMine Mine Closure Conference in Belo Horizonte promises lots of information about mine closure in Brazil. Not many of us can get that far south or want to go that far south. Last time there was an InfoMine conference in Belo, there were riots and protests and the delegates were confined to the hotel. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘Brazil’
Mining.com reports that Canada has been spying on Brazilian mining:
Brazilian television OGlobo aired Sunday night a program showing that U.S. National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, leaked documents that reveal Canadian spy agencies tracked the country’s Mines and Energy Ministry e-mails and phone calls. (more…)
Just back from a trip to Brazil. Here are some photos. The boats took us upriver to the site of a proposed mine. Artisanal mining is in progress at the site and it is a dirty and dangerous.
InfoMine’s section on mining technology & engineering recently added a new feature: Continuous Conferences. (I disclose that I sometimes work with them and want them to succeed.) Here are two pieces that I posted today. I post them here to make it easier for you to access them. (more…)
Seldom on a Sunday is there a good book about mining to read. Today I hit the jackpot. I read Understanding Mining Around the Quadrilatero Ferrifero. A formidable title, but an easy and pleasant read. Three authors are listed: Paulo Tarso Amorim Castro; Herminio Arias Nalini Junior; and Hernani Mota De Lima. (more…)
Can the mining industry do anything about the food shortage? Here is the problem:
Mr Holmes, who is also the most senior UN official coordinating relief efforts, thinks we are just at the beginning of the crisis. “What we are seeing so far is relatively limited, I’m glad to say, but there have been very severe protests in Haiti, for example. [There have been] riots and deaths in Egypt in bread queues and we’ve seen unrest in different counties in Africa. Most of the stapes of people’s diet – wheat and rice – have risen more than 50 per cent in the last 12 months and they’ve risen even more steeply than that very recently. There are some fundamental factors behind this. This is not just, I think, a sort of quick blip in prices which will return to normal shortly, it’s because there are these fundamental factors of the population rising, crops being used for bio-fuels, more sophisticated diets in places like India and China. [A] lack of strategic grain reserves and maybe also the effects of climate change and, for example, the drought in Australia affecting wheat production in recent years. That’s not helped either.”
I have not been able to find a correlation between the presence (or absence) of mines and the severity of food shortages. Nor have I been able to find a correlation between the income of countries and their food-riot potential. Although it is pretty obvious that in ill-governed countries like Haiti and too many places in Africa (Zimbabwe included) people are starving and will only get hungrier.