Earthworks weighs in on historic UN Resolution on Mineral Resource Governance

September 9, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was co-written by Benjamin Hitchcock Auciello and Jan Morrill In March of 2019, the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), part of the United Nations Environmental Programme, passed an unprecedented resolution on Mineral Resource Governance.… More »

Earthworks Submission on the UNEA-4 Mineral Resource Governance Resolution

September 9, 2020

Friends, we need comprehensive mining reform for all minerals

August 27, 2020 • Lauren Pagel
Our friends Trout Unlimited, National Wildlife Federation, and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers recently released an interactive report regarding so-called critical minerals, describing the threat to wildlife and water resources that mining poses. But fish and wildlife do not distinguish among… More »

Salinas Grandes, Argentina

Jujuy and Salta – Argentina Commercial lithium extraction in Argentina began in 1997. Today, there are several active operations, while dozens more are in various stages of exploration, development and construction throughout the Provinces of Jujuy, Salta and Catamarca. Four… More »

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Lualaba and Haut-Katanga, DRC

Around 60% of global cobalt production is concentrated in two southern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo: Lualaba and Haut-Katanga, home to a number of industrial-scale copper-cobalt mines operated by a mix of state-owned, Chinese and multinational companies. Decades… More »

Atacama, Chile

The Atacama salt flat of northern Chile is home to the indigenous Lickanantay, who consider water and brine to be sacred and inextricable parts of their territory. The salty brine below the surface of the salt flat is an ancient… More »

Banks, mining executives, car companies, and the rush to mine lithium in the Andean salt flats of Chile and Argentina

February 27, 2020 • Benjamin Hitchcock Auciello
By a quarter-past-nine in the morning the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Andrés Bello Conference Room was already overflowing – dozens filled the space for a public seminar entitled The Lithium Triangle Initiative: South America’s Lithium Triangle and the Future of… More »

Earthworks Statement On AAAS Mineral Supplies Study

February 21, 2020
Background: Today the American Association for the Advancement of Science published a study, “Evaluating the mineral commodity supply risk of the U.S. manufacturing sector.” The study focused on minerals necessary for the transition to low-carbon energy infrastructure. Statement of Aaron… More »