Two Years Later, a Look at Mount Polley

August 3, 2016 • Shreema Mehta

On August 4, 2014, a mine waste dam in British Columbia, Canada breached, releasing 24.4 million cubic meters of mine waste (or tailings) sludge into the Fraser River watershed, a group of lakes and rivers that bear salmon and sustain the livelihoods of local First Nation communities.


Mine Waste Dumping: Batu Hijau

July 22, 2016 • Shreema Mehta

Each year, mining companies operating throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific dump millions of tons of mine waste into oceans and rivers. Known by the industry as “tailings,” this muddy sludge is created during processing, when the desired mineral, such as gold, is chemically separated from the extracted ore.This is the first post in a series that highlight this worst of the worst practice --  — and the mining companies who continue to do it. For more information about the problem on a global scale, check out our infographic.


Save Dory’s Home

July 5, 2016 • Shreema Mehta

You may be one of the millions of people who have seen Finding Dory.

In the movie, the spunky Dory is looking for her home. But what if that home is buried in toxic mine waste?


Mine disaster in Kazakhstan

June 20, 2016 • Shreema Mehta

Pollution from a zinc  mine waste dump in the mining town of Ridder, Kazakhstan, spilled into the Ulba and Filippovka rivers, which flows near the Kazakhstan-Russian border, and headed toward the Siberian city of Omsk. Pictures of the polluted river look like freshwater was replaced by wet concrete.

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Infographic on tailings dumping

June 18, 2016 • Earthworks

Save Dory’s Home

June 14, 2016 • Shreema Mehta

Later this week, the animated film Finding Dory will be in theaters, and I am excited to see it. But far less exciting are the threats that industrial mining poses to the real-life Dory's habitat.

The lovable Dory is a blue tang - a royal blue tropical fish that lives in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, where mining companies are dumping mine waste.


Sirens for Mariana, Brazil

May 6, 2016 • Fabiana Alves

Greenpeace has joined the #UmMinutoDeSirene collective to mark the six months passed since the tragedy that killed 19 people, an entire river, and also left a trail of destruction from the state of Minas Gerais to the beaches of Espírito Santo in Brazil.


Victory! No Lawsuit for Norway Mining Activists

April 11, 2016 • Tina Andersen Vågenes

In February, more than 100 people participated in civil disobedience actions to stop test drilling on the Engebø Mountain, near Førdefjord in Western Norway. Over 80 people were arrested and fined a total 100 000 pounds. The three-week action lasted three weeks was in protest of Nordic Mining’s controversial mining project, which would allow 250 million tons of mining tailings to be disposed of in the fjord.