Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Forests
Minerals & Mining
Central America & Caribbean
Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Igarapé Institute

A new form of organized crime has recently been emerging in the Amazon: illegal mining. Miners fell trees, use high-grade explosives for blasting soils and dredge riverbeds. But the impacts go beyond environmental damage, bringing with it a slew of other social problems. Peace researcher Adriana Abdenur urges policymakers to improve coordination and argues that diplomacy may help prevent further conflicts, corruption and crime.

Conflict Transformation
Minerals & Mining
Global Issues
Lukas Rüttinger, adelphi

Resource consumption has grown exponentially over the past: between 1970 and 2010, the quantity of extracted materials has tripled. Not only the overall amount of resources extracted and consumed has risen rapidly, but also the diversity of resources has grown. While half a century ago, only a few materials such as wood, brick, iron, copper, and plastics were in high demand worldwide, today products are more complex and require a wide range of materials.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Minerals & Mining
Europe
Claire Stam, Euractiv

The pro-coal position of Poland’s energy ministry has thrown sand into the country’s climate diplomacy as COP24 president-designate Michał Kurtyka intensifies his diplomatic tour ahead of the United Nation’s annual climate meeting later this year in Katowice.

Conflict Transformation
Land & Food
Minerals & Mining
Private Sector
Security
Water
Global Issues
Clare Church, IISD

A new report analyses how the transition to a low-carbon economy – and the minerals and metals required to make that shift – could affect fragility, conflict, and violence dynamics in mineral-rich states.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Minerals & Mining
Oceania & Pacific
Sam Morgan, Euractiv

Australia’s new prime minister will not walk away from the Paris climate agreement, although his new policies now make it unlikely the country will meet its emissions reduction goal. Ongoing trade talks with the EU could also hinge on how climate policy continues to develop.

Civil Society
Minerals & Mining
Private Sector
Sustainable Transformation
Technology & Innovation
Bernelle Verster, Cheri-Leigh Young, Francois Steenkamp, Jennifer Lee Broadhurst and Sue Harrison (University of Cape Town)

Mine closures have caused social and political turmoil in many regions, for example in South Africa. But there are ways of planning and managing the phase-out so that when the inevitable happens, people are better prepared. A new study looks at opportunities beyond mining and finds that infrastructure that supports mining can also be put to new use.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Finance
Minerals & Mining
Private Sector
Sustainable Transformation
Technology & Innovation
Global Issues
Asia
Lou del Bello

As the world's biggest polluter, what China decides to do with its energy policy matters to the whole planet. And while progress on the domestic front has rightly won Beijing praise from climate scientists, China is the world's largest funder of coal plants overseas. Is the country employing double standards?

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Finance
Minerals & Mining
Private Sector
Europe
Chloe Farand, Desmog UK

The UK has been accused of trying to “fudge” how much money it spends on subsidising coal mining and fossil fuel use despite its pledge to phase out environmentally harmful subsidies by 2020. 

Climate Change
Energy
Minerals & Mining
Private Sector
Sustainable Transformation
Technology & Innovation
Global Issues
Damien Giurco, Nicholas Arndt and Saleem H. Ali

Representatives from around the world are meeting in Bonn this week to discuss progress towards the goals of the Paris climate agreement. A large part of this challenge involves rapidly scaling up the deployment of renewable energy, while curbing fossil fuel use – but little attention has been paid to the minerals that will be needed to build these technologies.

Climate Change
Energy
Minerals & Mining
Sustainable Transformation
Technology & Innovation
North America
Karl Mathiesen, Climate Home

News that the Trump administration will move to repeal and replace the clean power plan (CPP) – a major initiative to cut emissions from the US electricity sector – has been met with concern overseas.

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