Canada's government has blocked the development of a controversial copper and gold mine owned by Taseko Mines Ltd, the second time in just over three years that it has halted the mine plan.

Rescue workers in South Africa are trying to free 17 miners trapped underground after a fire at Doornkop mine west of Johannesburg.

A U.N. conference adopted a treaty on mercury control Thursday near the site of Japan’s worst industrial poisoning, as Tokyo pledged $2 billion to help poorer nations combat pollution.

In July 1956, in a fishing village near the city of Minamata on Japan’s Shiranui Sea, a baby girl named Shinobu Sakamoto was born. Her parents soon realized something was wrong. At 3 months old, when healthy babies can hold up their heads, Sakamoto could not. She grew slowly and began crawling unusually late. At age 3 years, she drooled excessively and still couldn’t walk. Her parents sent her to live at a local hospital, where she spent four years in therapy to learn to walk, use her hands, and perform other basic functions.

Toxic levels of mercury dumped in Amazon rivers gets into food chain, posing serious health risk to children, study finds

Canadian firm's plan to mine for gold and silver would destroy four mountain tops and wipe out three villages, campaigners say

Excess arsenic found in borewell water samples in four taluks of Raichur, Yadgir.

Arrests follow series of pit collapses in which dozens have died, and highlight social and environmental challenges of China's presence in Africa

Chile President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday blasted the environmental review process that led to a permit for Barrick Gold Corp's now-suspended $8.5 billion Pascua-Lama gold mine project.

Designers of everything from mobile phones to electric car batteries should make their products far easier to recycle to offset soaring demand for metals, two United Nations reports recommended on