August 12, 2013

The government of Kenya is to form a state-owned company that will hold stakes in mines and establish a sovereign wealth fund to manage revenue from the industry. Mining secretary, Najib Balala, says that the government is repealing a law that required at least 35percent domestic ownership, reducing it to 10percent that will be held by the government. The new legislation, creating what will be known as the National Mining Corporation, is expected to be enacted by November. Balala said the government is waiting for the new bill to be approved by cabinet and parliament.

August 11, 2013

Ghana’s Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, has called for mining contracts negotiated between governments and mining multinationals to be conducted in a spirit of truth and transparency and to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of benefits for all stakeholders.

August 10, 2013

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation has questioned the list of the most troubled Russian cities on atmospheric contaminations, prepared by RIA Ranking experts and based on the data of the Russian Federal State Statistics Service. In the judgment of ministry officials, used ranging method does not allow an objective assessment of negative impact on the environment. In particular, it ignored such important factors as the contamination area, population density, atmospheric dispersion, motor vehicle emissions, toxic levels.

August 9, 2013

Norilsk located in Russia up in the Krasnoyarsk territory, above the Polar Circle, on the 69th parallel for many years has maintained its status as the dirtiest city in Russia. In August 2013, RIA Ranking experts published a list of the most troubled Russian cities on atmospheric contaminations, based on the data of the Russian Federal State Statistics Service. And Norilsk predictably confirmed his questionable leadership once again.

August 2, 2013

The Arabian Geoscience Union (ArabGU) joins IAGETH as Partner/Related Organization. ArabGU is a nonprofit international association dealing with Earth Sciences in the Arab World. ArabGU is similar in scope to the EGU (European Geosciences Union), AGU (American Geophysical Union), JpGU (Japan Geosciences Union), and AOGS (Asia Oceania Geosciences Society). IAGETH is, from the beginning, one of the supported organizations of ArabGU. Special thanks to Prof.

August 1, 2013

Geologists established fast-rising magmas  fuel Costa Rican volcano. If some volcanoes operate on geologic timescales, Costa Rica's Irazú had something of a short fuse. In a new study in the journal Nature, scientists suggest that the 1960s eruption of Costa Rica's largest stratovolcano was triggered by magma rising from the mantle over a few short months, rather than thousands of years or more, as many scientists have thought.

July 29, 2013

Pilot projects bury carbon dioxide in basalt have started. Two experiments test viability of sequestering emissions in porous layers of hard rock. Basalt formations, such as these towers on the Columbia River in Washington state, could be used to trap carbon dioxide. By early August, scientists will have pumped 1,000 tonnes of pure carbon dioxide into porous rock far below the northwestern United States. The goal is to find a permanent home for the carbon dioxide generated by human activities.

July 26, 2013

The head of Russian Ministry of Natural Resources, Sergey Donskoy has sent an appeal to the Minister of the Interior, Vladimir Kolokoltsev with a request to take over the personal control of criminal investigations such as violent crimes and murders of environmental organizations members.  "In May-July 2013, in the territory of the Russian Federation heinous crimes have been carried out. Environmentalists have fallen victims to those crimes.

July 24, 2013

An out-of-control natural gas well off the Louisiana coast caught fire late Tuesday, hours after 44 workers were safely evacuated from the drilling rig following a mid-morning blowout, a federal agency confirmed. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, told The Associated Press. She said it wasn't known what caused the gas to ignite. It also wasn't clear early Wednesday how and when crews would attempt to extinguish the blaze.

July 17, 2013

Talks on creating Antarctic Marine Sanctuary break down. A group of countries set up to regulate fishing in the Antarctic has failed to agree to implement proposals to create marine sanctuaries in the region. Other delegates blamed Russia for objecting to the plans. An extraordinary meeting of the Commission of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in the northern German town of Bremerhaven wrapped up on Tuesday without an agreement. "The outcome is not what we expected or hoped for ... We did not reach a consensus," Terje Lobach, the Commission's chairperson, said.