Ocean Industries Launch World Ocean Council

Ocean business leaders from a diverse range of industries are distinguishing themselves as “Founding Members” of the World Ocean Council – an unprecedented international, cross-sectoral leadership alliance on stewardship of the seas. World Ocean Council members...

ICMM presents its 2009 Annual Review

The industry-based International Council on Mining and Metals has released its 2009 Annual Review, Making a difference, which is the first review since ICMM underwent a comprehensive strategic review of the organization’s direction and focus…In this review,...

Coal fuels much of Internet "cloud," Greenpeace says

The ‘cloud’ of data that is becoming the heart of the Internet is creating an all-too-real cloud of pollution as Facebook, Apple and others build data centers powered by coal, Greenpeace said in a new report. A Facebook facility being built in Oregon will...

Blood and Iron: Rio Tinto heads to the top

Rio Tinto is talking up its future prospects, in advance of its London annual general meeting next month. A huge nickel mine is slated for Indonesia; the company is about to take over a vast iron ore field in Orissa. And it’s just announced a £1.9 billion deal...

Bougainville: No sign that war-torn mine will re-open

But there are questions over Rio Tinto subsidiary’s recent role Bougainville’s vice-president has said that the “future and re-opening of the Panguna copper mine is to be decided by the Panguna landowners themselves” –  while adding that...

London Calling applauds condemnation of Vedanta

… and urges broader campaign against “criminal” company For the past six years, UK-listed Vedanta Resources has been castigated by Adivasi (Indigenous Peoples) groups, environmentalists and human rights organisations, for numerous alleged violations...

Pro-tribal Congress Party may hit Vedanta’s Orissa dreams

PLANS by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite in Niyamgiri in Orissa, already delayed by vehement protests from non-governmental organisations, seem likely to suffer further damage—quite possibly terminal—as the Congress reaches out to India’s tribal population, sections...

Rio Tinto, Orissa to revive $1-bn JV

Global mining major Rio Tinto has decided to aggressively push its $1-billion iron ore project in Orissa, India. The company made its intentions clear in its annual report released last Tuesday. In turn, the Orissa government, buffeted by a series of aborted mining...

Rio Tinto official admits taking bribes

Australian Stern Hu has admitted that he took bribes while heading up Rio Tinto’s iron ore team in Shanghai. China has accused Hu and his Chinese colleagues Liu Caikui, Ge Mingqiang and Wang Yong of giving and receiving bribes and inducing Chinese steel company...