Minerals such as arsenic, cobalt, nickel and gold have been blamed for causing climate change.
But they also have a role to play in mitigating some of the worst impacts of the effects of climate change, as the International Mineralogical Society’s (IMS) report, Mineralogy of the Future: A Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has shown.
It is not clear whether the report, which has been presented to a number of nations and will be released this week, will be a watershed event in the battle over how to respond to climate change and how to avoid the worst effects of future climate change – as well as the risks of CO2-emissions.
But the IMS is a key player in the global effort to tackle climate change which is also trying to find ways to combat climate change without destroying the environment.
The report comes at a time when there is mounting evidence that mining has been increasing at an alarming rate over the last decade and that CO2 emissions from fossil fuel production are causing the Earth to warm.
It found that CO 2 emissions from mining have doubled between 2000 and 2012, with coal-burning power generating the largest increase.
Mining, which includes the extraction and production of ore, minerals and rock, is the world’s second largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
In Australia, mining is the second biggest source of CO 2 after coal, with more than one-third of Australia’s coal power plants emitting CO 2 and a further one-fifth emitting methane.
Australia also has the second-largest carbon footprint of any nation, after China.
It also has among the world the most expensive CO 2 costs, with the average CO 2 price per tonne of coal costing $20 per ton.
The IMS report found that the majority of minerals mined in Australia are used for jewellery, ceramics, gems and rare earth metals, but also found in jewellery and other everyday items such as car parts, toys and furniture.
The report also highlighted the role of mining in carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector, which produces around 70 per cent of Australia and around 40 per cent in the United States.
While mining has contributed to some of our greatest environmental problems, such as acid rain, it has also contributed to other problems, the report found, such that mining could contribute to climate changes by reducing the amount of carbon stored in the atmosphere.
It also highlighted that mining was one of the key ways for our economy to create jobs and boost our economies through its industries and services, which are crucial to economic growth.
There is currently an urgent need to find a sustainable solution to climate problems, with a high probability of further climate change occurring, the IMs report concluded.
But while the report highlighted the risks associated with mining, it also highlighted how mining could have a beneficial effect in the environment, providing jobs, economic benefits and environmental protection.
It said that mineral mining and the use of coal as a power source could both reduce CO 2 production, because coal is used in coal-fired power plants, where CO 2 is produced in coal combustion.
But the report said that the use in mining could also be a positive, as it could reduce CO2 by increasing the amount and quality of minerals used.
The IMS has produced a number the most important minerals on the planet, which include carbonates, iron ore, gold, copper, nickel, cobars, silver, rare earth elements and more.
But while it is a crucial step in reducing climate change’s impacts, it is important that we use it responsibly, and that we do so in a way that is environmentally responsible, the group’s chairman, Mark C. Schilling, said.
He said that mining is a way of adding to the wealth of our planet, and the IMS report recognised that.
The Ims report said there is also a huge opportunity to address climate change using sustainable minerals, including carbonate minerals, in a number products.
For example, in the case of gold, there are a number minerals that are particularly good at capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, like gold and silver.
It is also important to understand that the production of those minerals, as well carbon dioxide, are very similar.
And in the cases of diamonds, there is a great opportunity to capture carbon dioxide when we make a diamond, because it absorbs the CO 2 from the air, the Ims found.
In the case, of cobalt and nickel, there was a big opportunity to use those minerals in new and innovative products, such a solar panel, CNG fuel, a new type of power source for batteries and even a new kind of material that can be used to create a new form of power, the company said.
While mineral mining is not necessarily the biggest issue facing the world today, it does pose a significant problem and we should not forget that the issue is an urgent one