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How climate change affects mining

Author(s): 
A Maritz
Date: 
Thursday, February 6, 2020
First presented: 
MTE
Type: 
Article
Category: 
Environmental/Social
 
As climatic conditions change, mines are seeing impacts on the stability and effectiveness of their infrastructure and equipment, as well as on their environmental protection and site closure practices.

According to Ashleigh Maritz, senior environmental scientist at SRK Consulting (SA), higher temperatures and water scarcity, for example, would complicate the operation and environmental rehabilitation of mine sites, and could cause direct competition and
conflict with local communities. Mines may even find their transportation routes affected. Water and electricity supply may become unreliable and more expensive.
 
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