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Can Lab-Grown Diamonds Ever Really Be Sustainable?

In recent weeks, we have seen several lab-created diamond producers move away from calling themselves “eco-friendly.” That’s largely due to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) warning to lab-grown diamond producers that they should stop using “general benefit environmental claims” like eco-friendly and sustainable, and in part due to a growing cry that companies need to actually prove their eco-friendliness, beyond saying bad things about diamond mines.…

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30 law and advocacy groups call for IRMA standard in BC

This is one of more than 60 recommendations released in British Columbia, Canada in May as part of a package of legal reforms launched by more than 30 mining advocacy and law organizations. The recommendations are calling for an overhaul in the way BC regulates exploration, placer mining and metal/mineral mining. B.C. Mining Law Reform:…

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Electric cars can boost responsible mining

New research commissioned by EarthWorks and done by the Institute for Sustainable Futures argues that demand for complex minerals needed by the rise in electric cars should come from recycled or be verified by certification schemes, such as IRMA. Read full article >

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B.C. needs to act quickly to prevent future mine-tailings disasters

Loretta Williams, chairwoman of First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining and Calvin Sandborn, QC, legal director of the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria call on Premier John Horgan to act now to protect the workers and communities below tailings dams. Photo Credit: Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press. About five years ago, both B.C. and…

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Catastrophic spill from mining dam threatens thousands of lives

“Vale’s Brumadinho mining waste dam failure is all the more tragic because the mining industry knows how to prevent them, yet failed to act.” — Payal Sampat, Earthworks. Photo Credit: BBC. The Independent Catholic News reports that:  Hundreds of people are missing, 37 people have been confirmed dead and more than 24,000 people have been…

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Tiffany brand launches new diamond sourcing initiative

Tiffany & Co, an IRMA founding member, to share diamond provenance with customers. Leading American jeweler Tiffany & Co. announced a new initiative Wednesday to ensure transparency in its diamond sourcing. “Tiffany & Co. will begin sharing with our customers the provenance, meaning region or countries of origin, of our newly sourced, individually registered diamonds…

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