Portfolio Tag: pollution

Publication: CIM Magazine

Less is more

The retrofit at Rio Tinto’s Kitimat operation has the smelter producing more without an increased footprint In 2011, Rio Tinto announced plans to modernize the 60-year-old Kitimat Aluminum Smelter in north-central British Columbia. Four years and $ 6 billion later, construction of the new smelter was complete. The plant has been operating at full capacity... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

The growing pains of supply chain certification

Supply chain transparency programs need work to address challenges faced by artisanal miners, experts say German carmaker Daimler promised it would investigate its supply chain and joined the Responsible Cobalt Initiative in early May in response to growing concern about child labour in Congolese cobalt mines. The company, which owns Mercedes-Benz, uses cobalt in its electric car... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

A sweet solution to social responsibility

Cordoba Minerals’ beekeeping initiative at its San Matias project gives locals a new employment opportunity Jesus Maria Suarez looks like a typical mineral exploration project employee in his well-worn jeans and blue shirt, emblazoned with the company logo. In the mountainous jungle of northern Colombia, he is as well known to the local communities as... Read more »

Publication: Mineral Exploration

Artisanal Mining Explored

By Kylie Williams El Alacran gold mine is nestled in the jungle-covered hills of northern Colombia. The name means “the scorpion” in Spanish, and is a cluster of over 140 informal mining sites, intermingled with the homes of the 195 traditional mining families who operate them. For 40 years, these men, women and children have been extracting ore using rudimentary tools and equipment,... Read more »

Publication: Innovation

Mercury Rising: Artisanal Mining in Developing Countries … a Global Pollution Problem

Many Canadian engineers and geoscientists who visit projects in developing countries see evidence of artisanal mining—people panning barefoot in a muddy stream, a hillside pockmarked with holes and tunnels, or rudimentary processing plants belching toxic fumes into the air. These isolated sightings under-represent the global scale of the problem. More than 30 million people worldwide are artisanal miners. Half are artisanal gold miners,... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

Federal government announces carbon pricing scheme

By Kylie Williams Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a national carbon pricing scheme in early October that would require all provinces and territories to have a carbon price or cap-and-trade system in place by 2018, or adopt the federal government’s “floor price” of $10 per tonne of CO2 in 2018, increasing to $50 per tonne... Read more »