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Mining bill gets it right

Sustainable mining is an oxymoron. Environmentalists will tell you this. Mining—coal to limestone—takes away forests, devastates mountains and leaves the land pockmarked. It also destroys livelihoods of people and displaces them. Worse, modern, mechanised mining takes away livelihood based on land but does not replace it with local employment—all estimates show that direct employment in the mining sector has fallen sharply. It provides wealth, but not for local development.

CSE releases its report on profit sharing in mining

Mining companies must share profits with local communities: latest CSE report comes out in support of proposal to share 26 per cent net profits

Says the money generated from this will go a long way in reducing poverty and deprivation in the mining affected areas

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Mining companies must share profits with local communities: latest CSE report comes out in support of proposal to share 26 per cent net profits

Report on Profit Sharing released in Odisha on June 24, 2011

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) releases its report on profit sharing in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha on June 24, 2011. The report is a detailed analysis of the profit sharing mechanism, international practices being followed in different countries, the need for profit sharing, etc.

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Sharing the wealth of minerals: Policies, practices and implications

It is now well recognised across the world that wealth generated by the mining sector comes at a substantial development cost, along with environmental damages and economic exclusion of the marginalised. This has also been exhaustively documented in India. In fact, the major mining districts of India are among its poorest and most polluted. Considering the negative externalities of the mining sector, new policies and practices are being explored and implemented across the world to ensure that mineral wealth can be converted into sustainable development benefits for local communities.

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Sharing the wealth of minerals: Policies and practices across the world

Note by the Centre for Science and Environment, based on extensive research published in its book, Rich Lands, Poor People: is ‘sustainable mining possible?
August 2010

Sponge iron’s dirty growth

In the years to come, India's expanding steel production will be largely driven by sponge iron. Sponge iron, also known as direct reduced iron(DRI), is produced from direct reduction of iron ore (in the form of lumps, pellets or fines) by a reducing gas produced from natural gas or coal. Sponge iron gives a cheaper way of producing steel which has a high demand in the market. 

Niyamgiri: Vedanta's battleground for bauxite

And, perhaps, its Waterloo. With the Union ministry of environment and forests refusing to allow the company to mine bauxite in Orissa's Niyamgiri hill, the UK-based mining giant's troubles have multiplied. The quest to resolve all disagreements regarding the company's Lanjigarh alumina refinery project and its mining rights had brought none less than the Orissa chief minister scurrying to Delhi -- to convince the prime minister to push forward the controversial industrial project. The prime minister did not oblige.

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Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) rejects Vedanta’s mining project in Orissa. CSE brings to you its assessment and analysis along with key documents, reports, EIAs, court ruling and decisions taken by various authorities from 1997 till date on Vedanta, Niyamgiri and Lanjigarh.
 

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