Socially responsible mining

The relationship between mining and poverty, human health and the environment

Raina Margaret Maier, Fernando Díaz-Barriga, James A Field, James Hopkins, Bern Klein, Mary M Poulton

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

8 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Increasing global demand for metals is putting strain on the ability of the mining industry to physically keep up with demand (physical scarcity). Conversely, social issues including the environmental and human health consequences of mining as well as the disparity in income distribution from mining revenues are disproportionately felt at the local community level. This has created social rifts, particularly in the developing world, between affected communities and both industry and governments. Such rifts can result in a disruption of the steady supply of metals (situational scarcity). Here we discuss the importance of mining in relationship to poverty, identify steps that have been taken to create a framework for socially responsible mining, and then discuss the need for academia to work in partnership with communities, government, and industry to develop transdisciplinary research-based step change solutions to the intertwined problems of physical and situational scarcity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-89
Number of pages7
JournalReviews on Environmental Health
Volume29
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Fingerprint

Poverty
Health
poverty
health
Industry
industry
Metals
Mineral industry
community
Environmental Health
health consequences
transdisciplinary
demand
income distribution
social issue
revenue
supply
ability
Research

Keywords

  • Mining
  • Physical scarcity
  • Poverty
  • Situational scarcity
  • Socially responsible mining

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pollution
  • Health(social science)

Cite this

Socially responsible mining : The relationship between mining and poverty, human health and the environment. / Maier, Raina Margaret; Díaz-Barriga, Fernando; Field, James A; Hopkins, James; Klein, Bern; Poulton, Mary M.

In: Reviews on Environmental Health, Vol. 29, No. 1-2, 2014, p. 83-89.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{7de2fa62eaa24974aa382c274c01eb05,
title = "Socially responsible mining: The relationship between mining and poverty, human health and the environment",
abstract = "Increasing global demand for metals is putting strain on the ability of the mining industry to physically keep up with demand (physical scarcity). Conversely, social issues including the environmental and human health consequences of mining as well as the disparity in income distribution from mining revenues are disproportionately felt at the local community level. This has created social rifts, particularly in the developing world, between affected communities and both industry and governments. Such rifts can result in a disruption of the steady supply of metals (situational scarcity). Here we discuss the importance of mining in relationship to poverty, identify steps that have been taken to create a framework for socially responsible mining, and then discuss the need for academia to work in partnership with communities, government, and industry to develop transdisciplinary research-based step change solutions to the intertwined problems of physical and situational scarcity.",
keywords = "Mining, Physical scarcity, Poverty, Situational scarcity, Socially responsible mining",
author = "Maier, {Raina Margaret} and Fernando D{\'i}az-Barriga and Field, {James A} and James Hopkins and Bern Klein and Poulton, {Mary M}",
year = "2014",
doi = "10.1515/reveh-2014-0022",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "29",
pages = "83--89",
journal = "Reviews on Environmental Health",
issn = "0048-7554",
publisher = "Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG",
number = "1-2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Socially responsible mining

T2 - The relationship between mining and poverty, human health and the environment

AU - Maier, Raina Margaret

AU - Díaz-Barriga, Fernando

AU - Field, James A

AU - Hopkins, James

AU - Klein, Bern

AU - Poulton, Mary M

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - Increasing global demand for metals is putting strain on the ability of the mining industry to physically keep up with demand (physical scarcity). Conversely, social issues including the environmental and human health consequences of mining as well as the disparity in income distribution from mining revenues are disproportionately felt at the local community level. This has created social rifts, particularly in the developing world, between affected communities and both industry and governments. Such rifts can result in a disruption of the steady supply of metals (situational scarcity). Here we discuss the importance of mining in relationship to poverty, identify steps that have been taken to create a framework for socially responsible mining, and then discuss the need for academia to work in partnership with communities, government, and industry to develop transdisciplinary research-based step change solutions to the intertwined problems of physical and situational scarcity.

AB - Increasing global demand for metals is putting strain on the ability of the mining industry to physically keep up with demand (physical scarcity). Conversely, social issues including the environmental and human health consequences of mining as well as the disparity in income distribution from mining revenues are disproportionately felt at the local community level. This has created social rifts, particularly in the developing world, between affected communities and both industry and governments. Such rifts can result in a disruption of the steady supply of metals (situational scarcity). Here we discuss the importance of mining in relationship to poverty, identify steps that have been taken to create a framework for socially responsible mining, and then discuss the need for academia to work in partnership with communities, government, and industry to develop transdisciplinary research-based step change solutions to the intertwined problems of physical and situational scarcity.

KW - Mining

KW - Physical scarcity

KW - Poverty

KW - Situational scarcity

KW - Socially responsible mining

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84898634970&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84898634970&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1515/reveh-2014-0022

DO - 10.1515/reveh-2014-0022

M3 - Article

VL - 29

SP - 83

EP - 89

JO - Reviews on Environmental Health

JF - Reviews on Environmental Health

SN - 0048-7554

IS - 1-2

ER -