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(COPPER)
Authorities including the European Union, International Monetary Fund, World Bank and International Energy Agency have expressed alarm over whether there will be enough minerals to meet the challenge of achieving Net-Zero Emissions by 2050, but a new S&P Global report cautions they have overlooked one of the most familiar: copper.

(COMMENTARY)
Chatham Rock Phosphate has transformed itself in the last 18 months from a single project company facing an uncertain and expensive permitting hurdle to a rapidly expanding group of projects much closer to generating operating cash flows with prospects further boosted by phosphate prices at 10-year highs. Ross Louthean reports

(REGULATION)
Quarrying leaders add their voice to the mining industry’s concerns over the New Zealand government strategy of red tape, bureaucratic stonewalling and opposition to their vital projects. Journalist/commentator Ross Louthean reports

(REGULATION)
Mining leaders in Queensland say an unheralded, significant increase in royalties on coal production is an insult to mining companies in Australia’s largest coal production jurisdiction that will discourage investment in resource projects.

(EXPLORATION)
It draws its name from the authoritative 16th century classic of mining literature, De Re Metallica, and strong drilling results are beginning to flow for newly listed Australian explorer Demetallica at its flagship Chimera polymetal project in NW Queensland. Ross Louthean reports

It may be the world’s largest estimated source of the battery metals needed to support the electrication of global passenger and freight fleets, but deep ocean commercial mining has faced more pressure for a permanent ban from a major United Nations conference.

(MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS)
Wheeling and dealing is as much a feature of life for an ambitious exploration company as drilling and digging, and West Australian Matsa Resources has demonstrated in two recent transactions that it is in the buying and selling business as well as activating exploration offshore. Ross Louthean reports

(COMMENTARY)
An investor presentation last week by Australian explorer Siren Gold shows it is hoping to walk in the footsteps of New Zealand’s only major gold producer, OceanaGold Corporation. By Ross Louthean

(SUSTAINABILITY)
Twenty years after the Toronto Declaration that set out its founding principles, the International Council on Mining and Metals has reaffirmed its belief that ‘how’ is more important than ‘how much’ in measuring the industry’s essential contribution to global wellbeing.

(REGULATION)
South African mining leaders advocate more private sector participation in national freight and port operations as part of an urgent call for action as mineral exports fall to their lowest levels outside the pandemic shutdowns.

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