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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Other Metals

The mining industry in the Philippines is in a life-and-death struggle with environmentalists led by environment and natural resources minister, Gina Lopez. The fight fortells what is likely to happen across the Asia-Pacific.

At the moment, the Philippine mining sector is on the back foot, with Lopez ordering closure of 23 of the country 41 mines and suspending another five for destruction of watershed areas and indiscriminate mining.

Of the mines facing closure, 17 are involved in nickel production. These firms represent about half of the country annual nickel output, Lo... More →
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Ethan Siegel reports that for a long time, he thought the Solar System was the template for the planets to be found in the Universe. Inner, rocky worlds dominate the hottest part of the Solar System, with large, gaseous planets orbiting much farther out.

The largest rocky planet was Earth. The smallest gas giant was Uranus. The mass difference between the two was a factor of 17, with Uranus having four times Earth radius. So it was quite a surprise when exoplanet discoveries started rolling in.

Not only can planets of various sizes and masses appear anywhere in a solar ... More →
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Simon Drive reports that any nation that hopes to have a space program needs to be able to keep an eye on its orbiting assets at all times. This means that Australia has become a key link in the global chain of ground-based tracking stations. The U.S. NASA has a deep space tracking facility at Tidbinbilla in the ACT, managed by the CSIRO, and the European Space Agency (ESA) has one in New Norcia, Western Australia.

The New Norcia station plays a further role as it picks up and tracks the ESA launches from French Guiana as they curve across the Indian Ocean on their way to Earth orbi... More →
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Index / Renewable Energy (Other Energy Resources) / Climate Change

Michael LePage reports that countries in the EU, including the UK, are throwing away money by subsidizing the burning of wood for energy, according to an independent report. While burning some forms of wood waste can indeed reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in practice the growing use of wood energy in the EU is increasing rather than reducing emissions, the new report concludes.

Overall, burning wood for energy is much worse in climate terms than burning gas or even coal, but loopholes in the way emissions are counted are concealing the damage being done. It is not a great use of pu... More →
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Index / Education, Ethics, Society, Employment Issues / Universities

The AAPG Foundation exists to support the geosciences. Since 1967, the AAPG Foundation has provided funding for a variety of educational and research programs that benefit the geologic profession and the general public.

The Foundation continues to promote a better understanding and advancement of the geosciences through the dissemination of technological information, recognizing outstanding achievements and by funding grants, publications and other initiatives that support the preservation of data, training and career enhancement for current and future geoscientists.

Th... More →
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Susan Nash (AAPG) opines that the Great Crew Change has happened (and have been fired), so where did all these geologists go? As you may recall, the first Great Crew Change was the transition that was going to occur when the retirement-age oil industry technical professionals (mostly geoscientists) departed, with no one at hand to replace them, thanks to a skipped generation of people entering the oil industry, due to the generation-long Oil and Gas price downturn in the 80s and 90s.

So yes, the retirements occurred (and massive firing have also occurred). But, were they replaced? ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

David Stanway and Kathy Chen report that China will expand its strategic uranium reserves as part of its five-year plan for 2016-2020, with the aim of ensuring it has enough fuel to supply the large program of new nuclear reactors. Beijing, which began stockpiling uranium in 2007 and is estimated by the World Nuclear Association to have 74,000 tons of inventory, or about nine years of current demand, does not disclose details of its reserves so this number may be speculation.

However, demand is expected to outstrip domestic supply in coming years and a move to increase reserves coul... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

In terms of supply, the largest miner of uranium in the world, Cameco announcement in April (2016) that it would be halting production at its Rabbit Lake mine, the longest-running uranium mine in Saskatchewan, has no doubt impacted the industry. The company had previously set a target for production in 2016 at 30 million pounds of uranium, which has since changed to 25.8 million pounds.

The outlook for the 2017-2018 uranium market is hopeful. Chang said Cantor Fitzgerald concludes that prices will be flat to slightly higher in 2017, as the carry trade continues to push emerging unco... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Jocelyn Aspa reports that the uranium price has seemed to be on its way to a recovery. Kazakhstan plans to cut production buoyed the sector, and as of February 1 uranium was at $26.68 per pound, up 32% year-to-date. However, more recently the uranium price has slid back, and as of February 20 it stood at $24.50.

Given the uranium market underlying fundamentals, its inability to rally is not unexpected. The 2011 Fukushima incident has pushed the commodity into oversupply, and uranium inventory currently stands at about 1.4 billion pounds worldwide, according to UxC.

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Index / Solar Energy / Space and Other Applications

Christianna Reedy reports that space-based solar power has had a slow start, but the technology may finally take off in the next few decades. Since its inception, solar power has had a severe limitation as a renewable energy... it only works when the Sun is shining. This has restricted the areas where solar panels can be effectively used to sunnier, drier regions, such as California and Arizona. And even on cloudless days, the atmosphere itself absorbs some of the energy emitted by the Sun, cutting back the efficiency of solar energy. And let us not forget that, even in the best of circumstanc... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

China will prioritize the development of a floating nuclear power platform in the coming five years, in an effort to provide stable power to offshore projects and promote deep-water natural-gas development.

The news was announced by Wang Yiren, (State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense). Wang told Science and Technology Daily that Chinese authorities have already carried out research on relevant core technologies as well as the standardization of maritime nuclear power plants, adding that the development of the facility is a crucial part of the c... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Alex Polonsky reports that over the last few years, a Defense Science Board task force evaluated energy systems for remote or forward operating bases, and its final report in August 2016, was recently made available to the public. The task force goal is to replace the diesel generators that serve as the standard electrical power source at these military bases.

Alternate energy sources evaluated by the task force included very small modular nuclear reactors (vSMRS). vSMRs are designed to operate at less than 10 megawatts and to fit in a typical shipping container, in comparison to u... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

John Funk reports that FirstEnergy said recently that it is leaving the competitive power plant business, closing or selling all of its plants, including its nuclear plants, by the middle of next year (2018).

The sale of the nuclear plants to another company would have little immediate impact on customer bills. Closing the plants, which would probably take several years, would also have little impact on customer bills or power supplies.

Because Ohio has deregulated electric markets, the Illuminating Co., Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison buy the power they deliver through an... More →
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The mission is planned, managed and executed by a team here in the UAE. They will do it the hard way ... key technologies will be designed, built and assembled locally, not imported. Technical knowledge will be developed in the UAE and transferred through collaboration with partners, not outsourced.

This approach ensures that the mission will leave behind a valuable and enduring legacy in the form of human capital ... a generation of experienced scientists and engineers trained and inspired by the Mars mission.

The UAE government sees the Red Planet project as a turning ... More →
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Index / Climate Change, Anthropocene & Associated Issues

Rebecca J. Romsdahl opines that the new administration has the environmental community understandably concerned. The President and members of his Cabinet have questioned the established science of climate change, and his choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has sued the EPA many times and regularly sided with the fossil-fuel industry.

Even if the new administration withdraws from all international climate negotiations and reduces the EPA to bare bones, the effects of climate change will continue to happen and will continu... More →
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Jolene Creighton reports that scientists working with telescopes at the European Southern Observatory and NASA announced a remarkable new discovery ... An entire system of Earth-sized planets. The team asserts that the density measurements of the planets indicates that the six innermost are Earth-like rocky worlds.

Three of the planets lie in the habitable zone of the star. This means that all three of these alien worlds may have entire oceans of water, dramatically increasing the possibility of life. The other planets are less likely to host oceans of water, but the team states th... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dr. Conca reports that a new report from an anti-nuclear group gives some alternative spin to the same old dogma ... shut down all nuclear plants and replace them with renewables. Lots of spin, but no evidence.

This report, from McCullough Research, again targets their imagined nemesis the Columbia Generating Station, Washington State own public power nuclear plant that has been operating for decades, breaking production and safety records over and over, especially for the last five years.

The main point of this report is its claim that Northwest power customers would sa... More →
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Mike Figliuolo opines that while you may have a seat at the decision making table, your recommendations may get lost in the technical translation management. Many times this occurs because the recommendation is created and delivered in a manner that, while it makes sense to you, it lacks a compelling story from management (or the decision makers perspective).

Learn to apply critical communication skills used by persuasive leaders. Discover a new thought process that helps you cut through the mental clutter and deliver clear and compelling recommendations.

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Index / Health & Safety - Mining, Environmental, Cyber

Cybersecurity is an enterprise-level risk that affects every organization, yet significant gaps in directors knowledge and oversight of cybersecurity still exist at the boardroom level.

The 2017 edition of the NACD Director Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight is constructed around five core principles designed to enhance the cyber literacy and cyber-risk oversight capabilities of directors of organizations of all sizes and in all industries.

This handbook provides foundational principles for board-level cyber-risk oversight, insight into management of cyber-risk oversight ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Rosatom international mining division, Uranium One Inc., has increased its production of uranium by 1.8% to about 4,900 metric tons in 2016, the division said in its annual report on February 15. Deputy Director of the ARMZ Uranium Holding Marina Liborakina said in mid-September, that Rosatom uranium subsidiary was expected to mine 3,000 metric tons of uranium in 2016. The annual report has not been published to date.

Total Russian uranium production in 2016 was 7,900 tonnes (including 4,900 tonnes produced abroad). Rosatom, is the third largest world uranium producer and is in seco... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Colter Anstaett reports that in 1980s, a 119-million-pound, world class uranium deposit, the largest in the U.S., was discovered near Coles Road in Chatham, Virginia. Soon after, the state of Virginia responded to adversaries to the mining project and imposed a statewide uranium mining ban, which remains in effect today. Ever since the ban was implemented, efforts have been made to get it lifted so that the uranium can be mined with significant benefit to the local economy, the local nuclear power plants, and from taxes, with no safety issues.

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal... More →
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The nuclear energy share of Ukraine electricity mix is rapidly approaching 60%, President Petro Poroshenko said at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council yesterday. The president did not give a date by which the increase would be achieved.

Ukraine has 15 nuclear units in commercial operation at four sites ... Khmelnitsky, Rovno, South Ukraine and Zaporozhe, which are all operated by state-owned Energoatom. The units comprise 13 VVER-1000s and two VVER-440s with a total capacity of 13,835 MWe. Ukraine receives most of its nuclear services and nuclear fuel from Russia,... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Gary Martin reports that Yucca Mountain continues to be considered by a Republican lawmaker on a key congressional panel to be part of a comprehensive solution to the continuing problem of storing nuclear waste generated by power plants.

But some Nevada officials say it will take more than money to bring the designated facility north of Las Vegas into compliance to store waste that is being temporarily held at plants across the country. Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on environment, said that the federal gov... More →
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Index / Coal / Exploration, Production, Coal Ash, Rare Earths

Coal originally began to form during the Carboniferous period, which took place between 360 and 290 million years ago. Put simply, plant matter accumulated in swamps and peat bogs, and after being buried and exposed to high heat and pressure, largely due to the shifting of tectonic plates, it was transformed into coal.

The quality of coal is largely determined by:

1. The type of vegetation the coal originated from.
2. The coal depth of burial.
3. Temperatures and pressures at that depth.
4. How long it took the coal to form.

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Jeff Foust reports that NASA announced in 2016 that it has awarded a contract to Blue Origin to perform suborbital research flights as part of the NASA Flight Opportunities program. Under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, Blue Origin will be eligible to fly research payloads on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle. The contract has a maximum value of $45 million, although the actual value depends on the number of task orders for research flights awarded by NASA.

Blue Origin, which has identified research payloads as one of the key markets for New Shepard, has alre... More →
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