Mining

Jon Queally, staff writer
A salmon leaping rapids in Alaska. (Photo: arctic-tern/Getty Images)
"This is one of the world's most beautiful places, with a thriving salmon run, and now we'll get some...gold."
Julia Conley, staff writer
"They say we are terrorists, delinquents, assassins and that we have armed...
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
A vast expanse of toxic waste fills the tailings dam on April 21, 2011, frequently whipped up by strong winds dumping mllions of tonnes of radioactive materials toward surounding villages where farmers blame the state-owned giant Baogang Group, China's largest producer of rare earths and a major iron ore miner and steel producer, for poisoning their fields and ruining their livelihoods near Baotou city in Inner Mongolia
Processing of rare earths has unleashed environmental catastrophe in China