Can Mayors Save the World From Climate Change?

BUCASIA BEACH, Australia — Mayor Greg Williamson crunched through the dead branches and kicked the sand.…

A Desperate Battle, and a Victory for Now, at a Remote Afghan Outpost

CHAKARAN, Afghanistan — In one of the most remote places in Afghanistan, government forces this month…

Criminal Charges Urged in Brazil Dam Collapse

RIO DE JANEIRO — The federal police have proposed criminal charges against the engineering company Vale…

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…