Ink from ancient Egyptian papyri contains copper

A new study by researchers at the University of Copenhagen revealed that the brownish colour that shows up in many papyrus scrolls from ancient Egypt came from copper-infused ink, as opposed to just carbon ink. Using advanced synchrotron radiation-based X-ray microscopy equipment, the Danish scientists were able to identify the presence of copper in inks[…]

Former Xstrata CEO Mick Davis may become Rio Tinto new chairman

Former Xstrata chief executive Mick Davis, the current leader of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, is said to be the frontrunner to become Rio Tinto’s new chairman. People familiar with the matter told Sky News the South African-born businessman has held talks with Rio over the position held until the end of the year by retiring chairman Jan[…]

Washington State company trying to revive shuttered coal mine

A Washington State company is trying to resist the wave of U.S. coal mine and coal plant closures by re-opening the John Henry Mine in King County. According to The Seattle Times, Pacific Coast Coal Co. wants to mine 85,000 to 90,000 tons a year over six years from the privately owned, 480-acre site. If the plan is successful, it[…]

New International Standard to reduce mining accidents

Light at the end of the tunnel – find out how a new ISO standard can help reduce mine accidents. Source: original ISO article. When an incident does occur in a mine, it can be hard to understand precisely what’s happened. Because many factors are at play, a wide range of accidents can occur. A[…]

Canadian junior miners worth jumps for second year in a row

The rising number of exploration projects, equity and debt financings, as well as mergers and acquisitions, indicates a renewed confidence in the junior sector. (Image: Pure Gold Mining’s Madsen gold project in Ontario’s Red Lake gold camp.) After years of struggling following a drop in commodity prices, Canadian junior miners are seeing renewed confidence in[…]

In the country where coal is king, a battle with the EU looms

The buzzword in the Brussels energy and climate bubble is 450, a number that is dividing European Union lawmakers and making coal-dependent Poland fume over upcoming reforms to the world’s biggest carbon market.  Negotiators representing the 28-nation bloc and its member states will meet on Nov. 8 to overhaul the Emissions Trading System, the EU’s flagship climate-policy[…]

Rick Perry suggests proposal to force utilities to pay more for non-renewables

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has come up with a controversial plan to slow the closure of coal-powered fire plants, under the guise of stabilizing the power grid. The background of the yet-to-be-passed policy dates back to April, when Perry instructed his second-in-command to develop a 60-day review that looks at how regulatory burdens, subsidies, and[…]

Why did this slide wipe $1.3B from Teck's market value?

Vancouver-based Teck Resources, Canada’s largest diversified miner which is close to completing a major oil sands project, reported on Thursday a nearly four-fold increase in quarterly profits. The metallurgical coal business of Teck, also a major copper and zinc producer, accounted for 72% of its gross profits during the first nine months of the year. Operationally[…]

Helicopter operated by Russian coal company crashed in Arctic Norway

A Mi-8 helicopter operated by Russian coal company Arktikugol crashed on Thursday with eight people on board into the sea off Svalbard. According to the rescue service for northern Norway, the helicopter was en route from the Russian settlement of Pyramiden to Barentsburg, where Arktikugol runs a coal mine and which is Svalbard’s second-largest settlement[…]