Mining machinery. Mining in cities. Teaching mineral resources. Cobalt. Ships waiting near the entrance to the Port Hedland in Western Australia □□□ Mainly shipping iron ore from Pilbara region from the world’s biggest bulk export port Note how ocean conditions influence ship patterns□ @sentinel_hub @CMEMS_EU @CopernicusEU @A. Palladium. Greenland. Conflict re mineral. Lithium. Year 10 - A great image to show the impact of colonialism on development, creating inequality due to exploitation of resources. Clear links to Franks dependency model!… It takes 31 elements (four that come from conflict zones) to make a smartphone. This periodic table visulises their quantity and rarity. Make do and mend: Sweden offers tax breaks to repair — not replace — broken objects - Home.
Tuesday October 11, 2016 Read story transcript Sweden is introducing two new tax breaks at the start of 2017 — a cut in sales tax for repairs on small objects, and a tax refund for appliance repair costs.
"It's part of a greater strategy for introducing sustainable patterns of consumption in Sweden," Per Bolund, Sweden's deputy finance and consumer affairs minister tells The Current's guest host Piya Chattopadhyay. "We see many signs that people want to make a difference, to try to be responsible as consumers. And from the government's side we try to encourage that. " Meet Rick and Craig Butler, the father son duo behind Butler's Appliance Service in Toronto. In Toronto, fix-it shops like Butler's Appliance Repair in Toronto's east end are thriving.
"Right now we're doing a ton of repairs," says Craig Butler, the third generation in his family to work at the store. "We're busier now than we've been in the past 10, 15 years. RELATED: Start your own Repair Café. Burtynsky’s ‘Essential Elements’ and ‘Salt Pans’ at Flowers Gallery. A two-part exhibition of Edward Burtynsky’s photographs finds connections through the enormous scale of industry, infrastructure and human impact Behind the award-winning Canadian photographer, Edward Burtynsky, is a picture of the sleek, golden Houston skyline.
Beside that, is a photograph of a rough, russet-coloured hole in the ground from the Silverlake gold mining operations in Lake Lefroy, Western Australia. The photographs were taken 20 years and 10,000 miles apart but were coupled together for their aesthetic similarity – as well as the photographer’s idea that all quarries are inverted skyscrapers. ‘You don't get a city without digging,’ he says. ‘It is very simple conceptually.’ Skyline, Looking South, RepublicBank Center, Houston, Texas, USA, 1988 (Image: Burtynsky) Silver Lake Operations #1, Lake Lefroy, Western Australia, 2007 (Image: Burtynsky) Battling India’s Sand Barons Sand-mining mafia in India’s Tamil Nadu. #Brazil was one of the very first countries where diamonds were mined - as early as the 1700s - but it now contributes less than 1% of the world’s production. LISTEN: BBC The Documentary: "The End of Sand" Trouble in paradise: the Canary Island beach accused of illegally importing sand.
When David Silva picked up a spade on a beach in the Canary Islands last summer and started shovelling sand from a wooden box, it seemed innocuous enough.
The Manchester City and Spain football star is a local boy, and had given his valuable blessing to a beach project on Gran Canaria that promised to create new jobs with a tourism magnet complete with 500-berth marina and golf course. “The truth is that this is a fantastic development that people will relish returning to,” said Silva in his capacity as an “ambassador” for Anfi Group, the developer and tour operator that is marketing Tauro as “a five-star paradise”.
What Silva didn’t know then was that the project to cover the rocky island beach with 70,000 tonnes of golden sand would spiral into a geopolitical row, amid allegations that the shipment was imported in defiance of international law from Africa’s last colony, the occupied territory of Western Sahara. Spanish authorities have launched an investigation. First photo shows a diamond mine. Second one visualizes all the diamonds you get out of this hole. Source. How the demand for sand is killing rivers. You cannot have concrete without sand.
River beds are being dug up across Africa to fuel a building boom, with little thought for what this means for the health of the river, and those who depend on it, as Harriet Constable found in Kenya. Sand. The word conjures happy holiday memories: building castles from it; watching nervous crabs scuttle across it; digging giant holes in it, and then hiding in them and leaping out at opportune moments to terrify unknowing relatives. Sand is the make up of glittering beaches, hundreds of thousands of years of weathering to create millions and millions of tiny, sparkling, and yet seemingly insignificant particles. Sand is infinite, surely. It's obvious when you think about it. So much so that a UN report estimated global sand use in 2012 alone could have created a concrete wall 27m high by 27m wide around the equator.