Ecological disaster feared in Donbas as Russian-led forces inundate infamous ‘nuclear pit’

MINEX Forum | April 14, 2018
img0 Nearly 40 years ago, something happened in the quiet, unremarkable coal-mining town of Yunokomunarivsk in the central Donbas that made it the subject of urban legends. On Sept. 16, 1979, the Soviet authorities detonated a nuclear bomb inside the “Yuniy Kommunar” (“Young Communard”) coal mine, at a depth of 903 meters, just beneath the town ...

Current mining mess and the way forward

MINEX Forum | April 10, 2018
img0 Goans especially those who were travelling into and around Panaji got a rude jolt on March 19 when they were stuck up in traffic jam due to the mining dependents’ agitation. The protest paralysed vehicular traffic along the national highway for hours in which several school children, commuters and tourists were stranded. In an order ...

Kazakhstan Launches Online Platform for Monitoring and Reporting Greenhouse Gases

MINEX FORUM | February 7, 2018
img0 An online platform for monitoring, reporting and verifying emission sources and greenhouse gases (GHG) was officially launched today by the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the World Bank. The platform is an essential element of the National Emissions Trading System of Kazakhstan, which was launched in 2013 as the country’s main instrument to ...

Russian company shells out billions for Arctic environment projects

MINEX Forum | January 29, 2018
img0 The first project was implemented under a cooperation agreement between Nornickel and the Murmansk regional government The Kola Mining and Metallurgical Company (Kola MMC, a part of Nornickel) invested in environmental projects in the Murmansk Region 4 billion rubles ($71 million), Nornickel’s Vice President Elena Bezdenezhnykh said on Friday. “The company has implemented a project ...

Polymetal, Alrosa receive top honours in Russian environmental report

MINEX FORUM | December 14, 2017
img0 LSE-listed Polymetal International was awarded the top rating in environmentalresponsibility among Russian metals and miningcompanies by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The WWF, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, Global Environmental Facility, and the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment published the results of their environmentalresponsibility assessment for Russian metals and miningcompanies. Among the 33 companies included in the rating, Polymetal is tied ...

Thousands of people in Bonn opposed coal before the UN Climate Conference

MINEX FORUM | November 7, 2017
img0 Just days before the UN Climate Conference is due to get underway, thousands of people have protested in Bonn demanding Germany immediately phase out its use of coal, dw.com reported. Carrying colorful banners with slogans that read “Revolution, not pollution,” “Climate or coal chancellor?” and “Frack off our land,” participants in Saturday’s anti-coal march in Bonn criticized ...

Improvement of environmental standards in the extractive industries requires significant upfront costs

MINEX FORUM | August 24, 2017
img0 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, said miningweekly.com with reference to Fitch Group-affiliated BMI Research. In its latest industry trend analysis on corporate strategies for a low-carbon economy, ...