Amazon Forests Are Being Razed at Breakneck Speed, and Not Only in Brazil

Three years of relative peace with rebels in Colombia has opened once-forbidding jungles to settlers. Illegal…

What Draws Hundreds to This Lake Bed? Spellbinding Crystals

Surfacing Welcome to Gem-O-Rama, California’s new gold rush. ImageReeve Peterson, a gem dealer, feels for pink…

Gina Lopez, Who Led Crackdown on Mines in the Philippines, Dies at 65

MANILA — Gina Lopez, a former environmental activist who introduced a broad crackdown on Philippine mining…

How One Billionaire Could Keep Three Countries Hooked on Coal for Decades

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Miners Kill Indigenous Leader in Brazil During Invasion of Protected Land

RIO DE JANEIRO — Several dozen heavily armed miners dressed in military fatigues invaded an indigenous…

Brazil Mining Giant Vale to Pay $107 Million to Compensate Workers for Dam Disaster

RIO DE JANEIRO — The giant Brazilian mining company Vale said on Monday it would pay…

Brazil Judge Holds Mining Company Liable for Damages of Deadly Dam Breach

RIO DE JANEIRO — A state judge in Brazil ruled on Tuesday that the mining giant…

A Plan to Mine the Minnesota Wilderness Hit a Dead End. Then Trump Became President.

ELY, Minn. — In the waning months of the Obama administration, a Chilean conglomerate was losing…

Supreme Court Upholds Virginia’s Ban on Uranium Mining

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Virginia may ban uranium mining in the…

Australia, in a Victory for Coal, Clears the Way for a Disputed Mine

Plans for a fiercely contested coal mine in northeastern Australia received a long-awaited government green light…

He Was Looking for Opals. Instead He Found a New Dinosaur Species.

SYDNEY, Australia — Lightning Ridge is a town about 450 miles inland from Australia’s eastern coast,…

belarus dispatch: Want to Relax? Try the Spa in a Salt Mine in Belarus

SALIHORSK, Belarus — Yury Lukashenia, a 40-year-old manager in an Austrian company in Belarus, a country…

Dam at Brazil Mine Could Burst Soon, Officials Warn

RIO DE JANEIRO — A dam in southern Brazil that contains tons of toxic waste from…

Horseman Rides Into Crowd of Anti-Coal Protesters in Australia, Injuring Woman

SYDNEY, Australia — The battle over plans for a gargantuan coal mine in central Australia turned…

An Oil Spill Fouls a Tropical Eden Already Scarred by Mining

KANGAVA BAY, Rennell Island — On Rennell Island, a wild, windswept speck in the Pacific Ocean,…