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The Paradox of Lithium

The clean energy transition depends heavily on lithium, but mining this element is not “clean.” We must not fall into the same traps from which we are trying to free ourselves.

by Marco Tedesco |January 18, 2023

What Lies Beneath Melting Glaciers and Thawing Permafrost?

As the planet’s ice disappears, it’s exposing new surfaces, opportunities, and threats — including valuable mineral deposits, archaeological relics, novel viruses, and more.

by |September 13, 2022
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Stop Calling Green Energy ‘Clean’

The so-called clean energy transition depends on massive environmental destruction.

by Cayte Bosler |June 9, 2021

Chasing Gold, Geysers and Geothermal Power With Carolina Muñoz-Saez

The postdoctoral researcher studies hydrothermal systems and will soon go to the Chilean Andes to explore how geyser activity there may be related to glacier growth and retreat over thousands of years.

by |March 11, 2021
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Controversial Alaskan Mine Receives a Push From the Trump Administration

A proposed rare earth element mine on a mountainous island in Alaska is at the center of a geopolitical conflict and an environmental crisis.

by |September 30, 2020

Chilean Organization Hopes to Write Glacier Protection Into Chile’s New Constitution

Fundación Glaciares Chilenos is working to fill a gaping hole in Chilean environmental policy.

by |July 31, 2020

Geologists Identify Deep-Earth Structures That May Signal Hidden Metal Lodes

Previously unrecognized structural lines deep in the earth appear to signal the locations of giant deposits of copper, lead, zinc and other vital metals near the surface.

by |June 30, 2020
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UN Resolution Would Protect Land and Water Rights of Rural People

This proposed declaration includes a number of rights, and specifically mentions that water resources in mountain ecosystems should be protected against pollution from mining activities.

by |October 5, 2018
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Project Drives Sustainability Commitments From Guinea’s Bauxite Mining Industry

In response to guidance from Earth Institute researchers, the largest mining companies in Guinea have committed to sharing sustainability best practices.

by |September 11, 2018

Vanishing Glaciers: The Future of Water in Peru’s High Andes

In the high Andes of Peru, glacial retreat poses a complex set of challenges related to water supply.

by |June 12, 2018