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The outgoing administration of US President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to release a raft of decisions just five days before leaving office that will loosen mining regulations, allow faster project approvals and open up more federal lands for mining uses.

An online survey now open to all industry stakeholders is the first step in a review by the Australasian Joint Ore Reserves Committee of the JORC code, the internationally recognised guideline to ensure the accuracy and validity of resource reporting.

The costs continue to mount for BHP and Vale as the Samarco iron ore mine in Brazil begins a slow recovery of production five years after the tailings dam tragedy.

The unilateral termination of existing exploration and mining rights over large potential iron ore projects in the Republic of Congo could end up in $10B-plus arbitration claims by international miners.

The impact of the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 is not likely to have a long-term effect on global coal demand, although the International Energy Agency predicts a short-term increase triggered by world-wide economic recovery in 2021 will be followed by a further flattening of markets.

Controversial Australian government sniping at China over the COVID-19 outbreak, regional expansionism and human rights may have killed its $14B annual coal export trade.

Uninformed criticisms of coal for energy threaten to discourage clean coal technologies that could be a major contributor to reducing climate change emissions, World Coal Association chief Michelle Manook warns.

A major annual study by the International Energy Agency has warned that the economic impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic are damaging efforts to achieve international efforts to counter climate change.

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.


Mining Billboard

Insights and analysis from leading industry commentators