From Peru to Australia water stresses are rewriting the way mines are built, regulated, and operated. While the environmental risks to water from mining are well documented, new concerns arise as populations grow and water scarcity increases. Are companies pricing these new risks into their operations? Are communities around mines informed not only about environmental concerns, but also about water access challenges from new or existing projects?
Upmanu Lall, the Director of the Columbia Water Center in New York City, joins Circle of Blue’s senior editor and chief correspondent Keith Schneider to discuss how the global mining industry is changing, and what those changes mean for local communities, government regulators, and operators.
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Circle of Blue’s east coast correspondent based in New York. He specializes on water conflict and the water-food-energy nexus. He previously worked as a political risk analyst covering equatorial Africa’s energy sector, and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa. Contact: Cody.Pope@circleofblue.org