Correspondent Kira Kay reports on a Canadian hunt for “rare earth” minerals, elements mined almost exclusively in China, that are key to emerging green technologies, cell phones, engines and other high-tech devices despite their short supply. Continue reading
Colorado poet David Mason shares a look at a dramatic moment in American labor history through his poem about a 1913 mine strike that ended in violence. Continue reading
Mark Nowak’s recently published poetry collection “Coal Mountain Elementary” explores the perils and at times personal tragedies of the coal mining industry. “Coal Mountain Elementary” is also being staged as a play by Davis & Elkins College.
Bolivian leaders are debating whether the country’s vast natural reserves of lithium — a key ingredient powering electric cars — should be nationalized in order to boost the nation’s struggling economy. ITN’s Channel 4 news correspondent Lindsey Hilsum reports. Continue reading
By all accounts, more than 500 gas wells in an area of eastern Wyoming known as the Jonah Natural Gas Fields have transformed 30,000 acres of rich sagebrush ecosystem into a largely industrial landscape of fuel production. Continue reading