Foreign bidding war for Rio's Australia coal mines

A multi-billion dollar bidding war for most of Rio Tinto's Australian coal mines has broken out between China-backed Yancoal and Glencore after the Swiss commodities giant made an unexpected offer.

Drilling for data: Simulating the search for life on mars

Toiling in barren rock fields in southern Spain under temperatures as high as 108 degrees Fahrenheit, a team from NASA's Ames Research Center, Honeybee Robotics, and Spain's Centro de Astrobiologia (CAB, INTA-CSIC) is changing ...

Biomarkers of the deep

Tucked away in the southwest corner of Spain is a unique geological site that has fascinated astrobiologists for decades. The Iberian Pyrite Belt (IPB) in Spain's Río Tinto area is the largest known deposit of sulfide on ...

Does offsetting make up for habitat loss due to mining?

"Biodiversity offsetting" – protecting animals and plants in one area to make up for negative impacts in another – is increasingly used by companies such as mining firms, as a way to boost their corporate responsibility ...

Reporting 'misrepresents' business sustainability

Several prominent Australian companies could be inflating their adherence to corporate social responsibility guidelines, often filing reports with "partial and missing information", according to a new report.

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