Journal article

The exposure of global base metal resources to water criticality, scarcity and climate change

Stephen A Northey, Gavin M Mudd, Timothy T Werner, Simon M Jowitt, Nawshad Haque, Mohan Yellishetty, Zhehan Weng

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

Mining operations are vital to sustaining our modern way of life and are often located in areas that have limited water supplies or are at an increased risk of the effects of climate change. However, few studies have considered the interactions between the mining industry and water resources on a global scale. These interactions are often complex and site specific, and so an understanding of the local water contexts of individual mining projects is required before associated risks can be adequately assessed. Here, we address this important issue by providing the first quantitative assessment of the contextual water risks facing the global base metal mining industry, focusing on the location ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Financial support for this study was primarily provided by CSIRO Mineral Resources. Several co-authors also receive funding as part of the CSIRO 'Wealth from Waste' cluster, a collaborative program between the Australian Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO); the University of Queensland, the University of Technology, Sydney; Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology and Yale University.