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(COMMENTARY)
Coal industry leader warns technology choices of different nations, including their need for energy security, affordability and sustainability, must be accepted as part of a global energy transition.

(DEVELOPMENT)
Australia targets further opportunities to develop a critical minerals industry to match its global leadership in mining with the award of initial grants for new projects in the growing critical minerals, electric vehicle and battery markets.

(COMMENTARY)
As the world’s leading exporter of both iron ore and metallurgical coal, the key ingredients of traditional steel making, Australia must face the challenges of staying on top of the emergence of advanced green steel technologies that can make emissions-free steel in a world shifting away from metallurgical coal. Originally published in The Conversation.

(ENVIRONMENTAL)
The Alberta provincial government has confirmed it will not permit coal-related exploration or commercial development on the Eastern Slopes of the Canadian Rockies, dashing the hopes of companies such as Atrum Resources for its flagship Elan hard coking coal, while it develops new land-use planning systems to protect the environment.

The local, regional and global crisis triggered by Russia’s violent military attack on its smaller neighbour Ukraine, exacerbated by the risk of tit-for-tat sanctions, threatens severe repercussions for world economies still struggling to recover from the depredations of the COVID-19 pandemic.

(ENVIRONMENTAL)
Australian mining industry leaders endorse new $47M program to establish digitally based integrated national system for environmental applications and approvals of development projects.

(EXPLORATION)
Australian investors’ growing enthusiasm for exploration, stimulated by booming global demand for minerals and the exhilarating success of explorers such as Chalice Gold Mines, have sent exploration expenditure to record levels.

More records are likely to be on the way as the surging growth of Australia’s mining and energy sector continues to prop up the pandemic-hit national economy.

(COMMODITIES)
As global demand for gold roars back from its pandemic-driven losses in 2020, World Gold Council analyst Louise Street says how central banks deal with persistent high levels of inflation will be a key factor for institutional and retail demand in 2022.

(COMMENTARY)
Western Australia’s anti-pandemic walls stay in place but mining leaders warn the state government must come up with new processes and rules for the safe reopening of borders that will help them overcome the growing threat of skill shortages.

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