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Australian gold major Newcrest Mining has kept itself in play for more possible mergers and acquisitions discussions after rebuffing a $US16.9B second feint from Newmont Corporation and posting solid advances in the December half-year.

The US government has recognised the potential value of Ioneer’s Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron project in Nevada to the national push for security of critical minerals supply with the offer of a $700M development loan.

Saudi Arabia’s majority government-owned mining company Ma’aden has unveiled three new initiatives using partnerships with international miners and the nation’s massive investment capacity to advance a new phase of domestic and international growth.

The global use of coal for electricity generation will hit record levels this year, but lack of new investment in export-driven coal projects supports the expectation that peak coal has been reached and will rapidly decline in the face of global pressure on fossil fuels.

A Queensland special court has made legal history by recommending refusal of a coal mine development on climate change grounds, in the first case in Australia that links human rights and climate change.

Australian natural resources court adopts climate change and human rights arguments to oppose giant thermal coal mine development.

Global power and automation technology company ABB has added mining services group Perenti to its list of partnerships aiming to promote electrification of mine haulage operations and other decarbonisation strategies for the resources sector.

BHP is seeking increased exposure to future-facing commodities including the development of a significant South Australian copper basin operation taking in the Olympic Dam, Carrapateena and Prominent Hill projects through its sweetened takeover offer for OZ Minerals.

An incautious comment by President Joe Biden about closing down coal-fired power stations on the eve of a campaigning visit to one of the strongest US mining regions has added extra heat to the hard-fought battle for majority control of the senate.

Achieving the world climate change target of a zero-carbon economy by 2050, as well as the forecast growth in global electricity demand for developing economies, is predicted to create an unattainable demand for additional copper production.


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