The Bergisches Land region has a centuries-old history of mining. Organized tours of a former pit, Silberhardt, show visitors what conditions were like for those who dug up silver ore so many years ago.
Ignoring demands to overturn the Philippine's current ban, including from members of his government, President Duterte has said it will remain firmly in place.
The presidential decree opening up the Renca reserve in northern Brazil had been met with protests and a partial climbdown. But the attorney general is to appeal the federal court decision suspending the mining.
Anglo-Australian company BHP Billiton has reported a return to profit as strong commodity prices helped it bounce back from a large loss last year. The world’s largest miner now wants to sell its US shale oil assets.
President Michel Temer has signed a decree abolishing a rainforest reserve that straddles Brazil's northern states of Pará and Amapá, and opening the area to mineral exploration and commercial mining.
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