Renewable Matter # 25 / January-February

The Life of Mines After Mining

by Irene Baños Ruiz

Focus Mining and Carbon Capture


Mining is still a booming business all around the world, but as resources become scarcer and laws stricter, mines close down. They leave behind thousands of hectares of eroded land deprived of biodiversity. Looking at rehabilitated mines helps showcase their future once there is nothing left to extract.


Mining is an increasingly hot topic in the global community. Germany, a country traditionally considered to be a green leader, is just one example of the struggles faced when enacting a rapid and fair coal phase-out. Undoubtedly, the main challenge lies in offering employment solutions to the many miners that will lose their jobs. However, a second question also arises: what...

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