Wolfgang Schilka, a mine manager in the Erzgebirge, has seen many mines close in the past 40 years. But now he's been able to open a new one in this traditional mining region.
In Brazil, indigenous and traditional communities are fighting for their land in the face of threats from big businesses, mining and environmental destruction. In some cases, the peoples' very survival is at stake.
After weeks of resistance, German authorities cleared the last Hambach Forest treehouses which activists had used to prevent deforestation. Energy company RWE dug a trench around the plot for "security."
Rings, investment, dental fillings — gold is always in demand. But where does it actually come from? Our reporter has been to the Andes, where workers mine the metal, in terrible conditions, at more than 5,000 meters.
A German energy giant's plan to clear ancient woodland, long occupied by environmentalists, so it can mine lignite has been halted temporarily. Meanwhile, a ban on an anti-coal protest near the site has been lifted.
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