WednesdayDec 14, 2022 1:21 pm

World Gold Council Remains Bullish for Gold in 2023

Despite traditionally acting as a store of value during times of economic upheaval, gold has struggled in the past couple of months as inflation and a surging dollar impacted gold prices. With 2022 coming to a close amid a struggling global economy and full-blown recession, the consensus would be that, based on recent data, gold stocks will continue to struggle into 2023. However, the World Gold Council believes that the precious metal will perform positively in 2023 despite an “unusually high level of uncertainty” around next year’s projections for the metal. According to the council’s “Gold Outlook 2023: The Global…

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TuesdayDec 13, 2022 1:07 pm

International Energy Agency Forecasts Significant Increase in Use of Renewable Energy

Last week, the International Energy Agency stated that the capacity to produce renewable energy globally would increase by more than 70% in the next five years. The agency believes that this will mainly be driven by energy security concerns as more countries turn to the use of renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar in an effort to decrease their reliance on fossil fuels. According to the agency’s forecast, renewable energy will overtake coal to become the biggest source of electricity globally by 2025. The International Energy Agency expects that during this period, capacity will reach 5640 GW,…

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MondayDec 12, 2022 1:57 pm

Dollar Rebounds on Strong US Data While Gold Retreats

At the start of this week, the price of gold declined as the dollar rebounded on strong U.S. data that many believe will prompt the Fed to advance rate hikes. That data includes spot gold declining by 1.7% to reach $1,767.86 per ounce, which is quite a drop from its highest price of $1,809.91 per ounce. U.S. gold futures also dipped by more than 1.5% to reach $1,780.50 per ounce. Gold wasn’t the only metal affected either as silver also hit $22.19, after dropping by 4%. The latest data from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) shows that industry activity…

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FridayDec 09, 2022 11:04 am

Review Finds That Increasing CO2 Levels Are Affecting Plant Nutrient Uptake

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is usually used by plants for photosynthesis, which supplies them with their sugars. Plants cannot survive on this alone, however, and usually need nutrients such as iron, phosphorus and nitrogen, which they absorb from the soil using their roots. While carbon dioxide is important, scientists conducting a review of current and past research on how different levels of CO2 affect plants have determined that increasing levels of carbon dioxide make it harder for plants to obtain the nutrients they require for growth from the soil. Antoine Martin, a biologist at the National Center for Scientific Research in…

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ThursdayDec 08, 2022 12:25 pm

Indonesia Plans to Build Coal Plants Despite Multibillion Deal for Clean Energy Transition

Indonesia plans to continue building coal plants, despite its multibillion dollar deal to transition to the use of clean energy. The deal, called the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JEPT), was signed last month at the G20 summit with the G7 group of industrialized nations, including Norway and Denmark. Data from 2019 shows that Indonesia was the fifth largest emitter of greenhouse gases globally, trailing behind China, India, the United States and the European Union as a whole. Experts believe that the country’s emissions mainly come from deforestation and coal burning, which generates more than 60% of Indonesia’s electricity. Indonesia’s primary…

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WednesdayDec 07, 2022 1:52 pm

Saudi Arabia Plans to Lead in Sustainable Mining

Saudi Arabia aims to become a world leader in the sustainable production of metals and minerals as the world transitions towards the use of clean energy. Saudi Arabia holds 17% of the proven petroleum reserves globally. This is in addition to being a major producer of phosphate fertilizer through its state-owned firm Ma’aden. The kingdom’s government estimates that it holds more than $1 trillion worth of untapped deposits, including gold, zinc, copper, uranium and phosphates. Khalid Al-Mudaifer, the vice minister for mining affairs, ministry of industry and mineral resources, attended the Mines and Money conference that recently took place in…

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WednesdayDec 07, 2022 9:45 am

Arizona Metals Corp. (TSX: AMC) (OTCQX: AZMCF) Well Funded to Ramp Up Kay Mine Exploration Program

Arizona Metals commenced Phase 3 expansion drill program at its flagship copper-gold-zinc-silver Kay Mine Project; only 3% of the prospectively mineralized horizon has been drill tested and this Phase of drilling will focus on making new discoveries Surrounded by high-grade historic past-producing VMS mines, Kay Mine also boasts potential for scale; the mine was practically abandoned for 40 years until Arizona Metals acquired it in 2019 With $58 million in cash, company appears well funded to execute on its plans to spend $32 million on the Kay Mine Phase 3 exploration program over the next 12 to 18 months Arizona…

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TuesdayDec 06, 2022 1:42 pm

Electrokinetic Mining Enables Greener Extraction of Rare Earths

As beneficial as mining has been to the development of human civilization, the impact it has had on the environment is devastating. Mineral extraction over the centuries has at times contributed to the contamination of local streams and wetlands, deforestation, soil erosion, contamination and alteration. The global mining industry is estimated to produce roughly 4% to 7% of the worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. With the environmental impacts of industries such as mining becoming clearer by the day, there has been increased interest in mining processes that consume less energy and have a smaller environmental impact. Researchers from the Guangzhou Institute…

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MondayDec 05, 2022 1:05 pm

Renewable Energy Exceeds Nuclear Energy, Coal Production in 2022

The United States, much like several other Western nations, is keen on cutting its carbon emissions as part of worldwide efforts to tackle climate change and global warming. These green-energy plans generally involve replacing fossil fuel energy sources such as coal and oil, which generate significant amounts of greenhouse gases with cleaner, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Given the country's reliance on energy sources such as coal and nuclear energy, a mass transition to clean energy will undoubtedly be a herculean task. Eliminating fossil fuels from the U.S. energy mix will call for significant investment and will…

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FridayDec 02, 2022 12:11 pm

Gold Coin Draws Attention to Long-Forgotten Roman Emperor

Analysis of a gold coin that portrays a long-forgotten Roman emperor and that was long considered a fake seems to indicate that the coin is authentic. Little is known about Sponsian, a possible Roman military commander or emperor who may have been active in the province of Dacia during the Crisis of the Third Century. This was a period of significant upheaval during which the Roman Empire almost collapsed due to civil war, plague, economic depression and repeated invasions. Although none of the unearthed ancient documents mention Sponsian, historians theorized his existence from coins bearing his name that were discovered…

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