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Environmentally friendly GlyLeach processing technology may finally enable Australian explorer Cyclone Metals to establish a development route for many stranded copper-gold assets in the Mount Isa district of Queensland.

More original equipment manufacturers join collaboration with the International Council on Mining and Metals to deliver a new generation of cleaner, safer mining vehicles.

As the contentious presidential campaign (hopefully) fades into an orderly transition, US mining and business leaders are showing their willingness to work with President-elect Joe Biden to tackle major economic challenges.

The signing of the world’s largest regional trade pact may help end the trade stand-off between Australia and China, or at least encourage Chinese government leaders to pick up the phone.

The rhetoric will change significantly, but US miners have yet to find out how much the election victory of Democrat president-elect Joe Biden and his strongly left-wing running mate Kamala Harris will impact their industry.

University course changes raise alarm about who will be available to take the place of the retiring baby boomer cohort of geoscientists.

The World Gold Council’s September quarterly report has seen global gold demand plunge to its lowest level since the September 2009 quarter, but record inflows into gold-backed exchange trading funds and the continued recognition of gold as a safe haven for retail investors provide encouragement.

“We remain confident that the execution of a higher risk, capital intensive strategy remains the optimal long term path for KAZ Minerals, but we recognise that our risk appetite may be misaligned with the preference of many investors in the mining sector” - chairman Oleg Novachuk.

Continuing uproar over the destruction of priceless heritage sites by iron ore giant Rio Tinto underlines the growing pressure on mining companies to focus on their environmental, social and governance responsibilities.

Despite the disruptions and restrictions resulting from the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic, the 29th staging of Australia’s leading mining conference has ended in an atmosphere of overwhelming confidence in the mining sector.


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