RFG 2018 Conference


Future Trends in Mining

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Our speakers include:

  • Leigh Freeman from Downing Teal, a leading recruiter of talent for the global minerals industry, who will look at the supply and demand trends for geoscientists in the minerals sector.
  • James Steel from HSBC Securities (USA), who will explore both the metals trading sector and the numerous employment opportunities in the financial sector. (Note: this content was redacted due to the employer's requirements.)
  • Gavin Mudd from Monash University, who will discuss workforce issues and developments in sustainable mining practices.

The presentations are followed by an question and answer session with the speakers and webinar participants.

Webinar Co-sponsors: Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG)

Future Trends in Mining

Mega-Trends in the Australian Mining Industry

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Collectively, the mega-trends in the Australian mining industry point to significant environmental challenges for the future of mining and mineral processing, such as potentially increased unit energy, pollutant, waste and water costs, and subsequently higher production costs. This will impact not only the demand for minerals and metals, but also drive the search for alternative technologies across exploration, mining, milling, smelting and refining. In the long term, it will increase the need for greater material efficiency and recycling.  Read more in Geoscience Currents #29.

Webinar Co-sponsors: Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), and the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG).


Mega-Trends in Australian Mining Industry

EARTH: South Africa's Toxic Legacy: Acid mine drainage threatens water supplies

In the Witwatersrand goldfields, not far from bustling Johannesburg, South Africa, more than a century of mining has left the region littered with mounds of waste and underlain by a deep underground network of abandoned mine shafts, which are gradually filling with water. Today, the mines are producing less and less gold and more and more sulfuric acid.

EARTH: Is There Really a Minerals Crisis?

China sent the high-tech industry and markets reeling last fall when it blocked exports of raw rare earth minerals to Japan, Europe and the U.S. The sudden severing of rare earths supply was a frightening prospect as the minerals are key ingredients in a broad range of high-tech products, from smartphones to wind turbines and hybrid cars. Although the bans have since been lifted, governments around the world saw the ban as a kind of wake-up call and started looking at ways to develop their own mineral resources - for rare earths as well as basic industry metals like copper and zinc.

AGI Publishes Coal and the Environment

To highlight the importance of coal in our daily lives and the environmental concerns that are associated with its mining and use, the American Geological Institute (AGI) has published "Coal and the Environment" (ISBN 0-922152-77-2) as part of the Environmental Awareness Series. Produced in cooperation with the Illinois Basin Consortium, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Office of Surface Mining with additional support from the AGI Foundation and the U.S. Geological Survey, "Coal and the Environment" discusses the mining, processing, transportation, use, and environmental aspects associated with this important resource.


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