Nickel Mining
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Red China’s Indonesian Nickel Flood and the Pushback from Western Mining

  The situation surrounding the global nickel market is complex and fraught with significant geopolitical, environmental, and economic implications. The manipulation of nickel pricing by operations predominantly in communist countries, such as China, and the strategic response from Western countries, particularly Australia, reveal deep-seated challenges in the global commodities market.…
Chinese Graphite Exports
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Red China’s Graphite Export Controls: Green Profiteering Could Put the Global Transition Economy in the Red

  Communist Red China is at it again. But have they pushed the green mineral profiteering envelope too far? With near-monopoly chokeholds on the majority of essential battery and magnet minerals, Red China poses the greatest threat to overshooting the 1.5°C benchmarks that so many organizations in the West have…
2023 Mining Construction Forecast
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A Look Ahead: Metals, Mining, & Construction Outlook in 2023

  Compared with a strong 2022, the year ahead looks to be a bit more challenging for the metals, mining, and construction industries. Despite the (potential) demand of a large number of road and infrastructure projects in the US, continuing high inflation and the threat of global recession continue to…
Icy Regolith Excavation
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Engineering on the Moon: Can You Dig It?: Part 2

  The mission challenge for engineering teams from NASA is clear, should you decide to accept it: “DESIGN, BUILD, AND TEST TERRESTRIAL ANALOG FULL-SCALE PROTOTYPES OF ROBOTIC ICY REGOLITH EXCAVATION AND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS.”- NASA  Break the Ice Challenge “Regolith” is the engineering term for “Moon dirt”, and when it comes…