Log into your Newser account
Joined Newser on:
Find what you're looking for
More about Newser:
Want to contribute?
Suggest a Story
Get our apps:
Install our app:
Stories 1 - 20 |
They Found 5 Bodies Wrapped
in Plastic, Then 15 More
Jun 17, 2021 10:15 AM CDT
They Found 5 Bodies Wrapped in Plastic, Then 15 More
South African discovery linked to illegal mining mishap
- Police have uncovered the burned bodies of 20 men "wrapped in white plastic bags" in a gold mining town in South Africa. Five bodies were discovered Monday near a disused mine shaft in Orkney, North West province, about 100 miles southwest of Johannesburg, per the
. Another body...
World's Largest Jeweler
Makes Huge Pivot
May 4, 2021 11:52 AM CDT
World's Largest Jeweler Makes Huge Pivot on Diamonds
Pandora will sell lab-made diamonds only from now on in the name of sustainability, affordability
- "Laboratory-made diamonds are a girl's best friend" may not have the same ring to it, but the world's largest jeweler is now banking on a shift in that direction and hoping it will be a lucrative one. The BBC reports that Pandora will cease to sell mined...
Why the World's Eyes Were
Focused on Greenland's Vote
Apr 7, 2021 9:06 AM CDT
Why the World's Eyes Were Focused on Greenland's Vote
It 'could have major consequences for international interests in the Arctic'
- "A row over rare-earth deposits could bring down Greenland's government," read an NPR headline on Tuesday. On Wednesday, "could" shifted to "did." The AP reports the country's main opposition party managed to get the most votes in a parliamentary election, ending the decades-long...
'There's Gold Up There';
a Death Valley Controversy
Mar 15, 2021 3:13 PM CDT
'There's Gold Up There'; a Death Valley Controversy
Environmentalist, tribes vow to fight plans for open-pit mine near national park
- "There’s gold up there and the world needs gold," Stephen Swatton, president of international mining company K2 Gold, says of an area of desert terrain next to California's Death Valley National Park. But opponents including the Sierra Club and native tribes say the plan to mine...
Knocked 5 Times.
He Heard 20
Jan 27, 2021 10:05 AM CST
Trapped Miner Knocked 5 Times. He Heard 20 Knocks Back
Workers at mine in Shandong, China, describe ordeal after explosion trapped them for 2 weeks
- The explosion happened in an instant. Wang Kang, one of 22 workers trapped some 2,000 feet underground as debris filled the shaft at the under-construction gold mine in China's Shandong province, was sent flying. "It blasted us really far away, and our safety helmets cracked," the...
Australia to Mining Firm:
Rebuild Those Ancient Caves
Dec 9, 2020 7:25 PM CST
Australia to Mining Firm: Rebuild Those Ancient Caves
Rio Tinto detonated explosives to access iron ore
- Calling the destruction of 46,000-year-old Aboriginal caves "inexcusable," lawmakers in Western Australia have ordered a mining firm to rebuild caves that are among the country's most significant archaeological sites, the BBC reports. The company, Rio Tinto, detonated explosives in May to access $96 million in iron...
To Get to $7B in Gold, They
Have to Wrangle Rare Rodents
Oct 23, 2020 4:30 PM CDT
To Get to $7B in Gold, They Have to Wrangle Rare Rodents
Ed Stoddard at Undark describes the conservation project around Chilean mine
- An effort to pull 3.5 million ounces of gold from a site high in the mountains of northern Chile is expected to cost $860 million—$400,000 of which has already been spent on rodents. A colony of 25 endangered short-haired chinchillas has made a home at the site...
Miner Cashes In Again
Aug 3, 2020 5:15 PM CDT
Miner Cashes In Again
New find brings $2M, after a $3.4M haul in June
- The small-scale miner in Tanzania who sold two of his finds for $3.4 million in June has made another big sale. Saniniu Laizer collected $2 million for a 14-pound Tanzanite stone, the BBC reports. The rare gemstones—which a geologist said could be gone in 20 years—are found...
With 2 Rocks, Small-Scale
Miner Strikes It Rich
in case you missed it
Jun 28, 2020 10:09 AM CDT
With 2 Rocks, Small-Scale Miner Strikes It Rich
Saniniu Laizer earns $3.4M from sale of 2 largest known tanzanite gems
- A miner in Tanzania has become an overnight millionaire with the discovery and sale of the two largest known tanzanite gemstones ever found. Until last week, the largest known chunk of tanzanite—one of the world's rarest gemstones, believed to be found only in a small northern region of...
Mining Giant: Sorry We
Blew Up 46K-Year-Old Site
May 31, 2020 9:03 AM CDT
Mining Giant: Sorry We Blew Up 46K-Year-Old Site
Rio Tinto blew up ancient Aboriginal rock shelters in Australia
- Rio Tinto has apologized to the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people after setting off explosives last week that destroyed two ancient rock shelters in Western Australia. The sacred Aboriginal site, in the Juukan Gorge in the north of the territory, dates back 46,000 years, SBS News reports. "...
How Trump's Moon Plan
Might Actually Pan Out
Apr 29, 2020 5:15 PM CDT
How Trump's Moon Plan Might Actually Pan Out
There really are plans to mine the moon
- President Trump issued an executive order last month allowing US companies to mine the moon, but—is this really possible? Sure enough,
lays out enough of the science, current projects, and history of moon-mining enthusiasm to make it seem real. "We've just been moving in a...
Hundreds Storm Open-Pit Mine
Jun 22, 2019 11:30 AM CDT
Hundreds Storm Open-Pit Mine
Thousands took part in the protest, activist group says
- Hundreds of climate change activists broke through a police cordon and stormed into one of Germany's biggest lignite coal mines Saturday, two days after European Union leaders disagreed on a plan to make the bloc carbon neutral by 2050, the AP reports. Police ordered protesters to leave the vast,...
Gallons of Bad
Feb 20, 2019 6:30 PM CST
See What's Dumping 50M Gallons of Bad Water Daily
US mines are behind the ghastly pollution
- Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead, and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the US and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, the AP has found. That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting drinking...
Brazil Dam Collapse Could Be
Among Deadliest in 50 Years
Jan 28, 2019 9:50 AM CST
Brazil Dam Collapse Could Be Among Deadliest in 50 Years
Death toll in Brumadinho tragedy jumps to 58, with hundreds still missing
- Officials in Brazil feared they'd find many more bodies after a dam collapse in Brumadinho on Friday. Those fears have been realized, with the death toll climbing from under a dozen to now nearly 60. Authorities have confirmed 58 people perished and up to 300 are still missing, and...
Sea of Mud and Waste
Leaves 9 Dead, 300 Missing
Jan 26, 2019 9:00 AM CST
Sea of Mud and Waste Leaves 9 Dead, 300 Missing
Dam collapse devastates Brumadinho, Brazil
- Rescuers in helicopters on Saturday searched for survivors in a huge area in southeastern Brazil buried by mud from the collapse of a dam holding back mine waste, with at least nine people dead and up to 300 missing. Nearly a full day since the disaster happened, finding many more...
Runaway Train Dramatically
Derails After 57 Miles
Nov 6, 2018 2:10 AM CST
Runaway Train Dramatically Derails After 57 Miles
Aussie freight train rolled away after driver got out to inspect an issue
- The driver of a freight train in Western Australia got out to inspect an issue with one of its 268 wagons early Monday—and it kept going without him. The train, loaded with iron ore, hurtled across 57 miles of the remote Pilbara region before it was deliberately derailed from...
Zinke Signs Mining
Ban Near Yellowstone
Oct 9, 2018 12:04 AM CDT
Zinke Signs Mining Ban Near Yellowstone
'There are places to mine and places not to mine'
- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the towering mountains north of Yellowstone National Park on Monday after two proposed gold mines raised concerns that an area drawing tourists from the around the globe could be spoiled. As Zinke signed the mineral ban at...
A Hot New
Jul 26, 2018 11:27 AM CDT
A Hot New Precious Metal Lures Miners to US
Cobalt mining ramps up here for the first time in decades
- For the last four decades, cobalt mining has been almost non-existent in the US. That's changing now with what the BBC labels a rush for the precious metal recently named as critical to the US economy. With increases in price and demand for the silver-blue mineral—used in everything...
Men See Gold, Brazil Sees
Jobs, Critics See Disaster
Aug 24, 2017 10:25 AM CDT
Men See Gold, Brazil Sees Jobs, Critics See Disaster
Brazil dissolves protected status of vast region, opening part of it to mining
- The government says it's looking out for the economy and job growth; critics say it's "the biggest attack on the Amazon of the last 50 years." The BBC reports on a big move out of Brazil, where a protected area will be protected no more—at...
Obscure Act, Used Only Once,
Could Undo Obama Rules
Feb 2, 2017 8:08 AM CST
Obscure Act, Used Only Once, Could Undo Obama Rules
House Republicans voted to repeal 2 regulations
- Moving to dismantle Barack Obama's legacy on the environment and other issues, House Republicans approved a measure 228-194 Wednesday that scuttles a regulation aimed at preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams. Lawmakers also voted 235-187 to rescind a separate rule requiring companies to disclose payments...
Stories 1 - 20 |
Popular on Newser
Alec Baldwin Sued by Family of Fallen Marine
FBI Searches Congressman's Home
After Subway Push, Driver Stops With Inches to Spare
Report Incriminates Ex-Pope on Sex Abuse Cases
Tongans Celebrate 'Real Life Aquaman' Who Survived Tsunami
On This Day:
10 Years of Headlines
We see that you're using an ad-blocker.
To read our stories, you'll need to
turn off your ad-blocker.
As an advertising-supported site,
Newser can't exist without ads.
Turn off your ad-blocker
(for Newser only)
One last step.
You have to do this part yourself.
But you're a smartie, and we'll help you out.
1. Click on your ad-blocker icon in your browser.
(It might look like this
2. Every ad-blocker is a bit different, but look for
an option like disable, whitelist, or trust and click it.
Thanks so much.