Japan is taking a second look at coal, and the industry likes what it sees. With demand for electricity surging and marked improvements designed to reduce emissions coming to mining technologies, Japan is ready to invest in the next generation of coal.
China is among the world’s largest consumers of natural gas. A new pipeline in Alaska could help the Last Frontier meet the asian country’s continually rising demand.
In the American Southwest, a lengthy struggle to adequately maintain unpaved roads has led one community to ask federal officials for much-needed support. At just over 17 million acres, the Navajo Nation Reservation is the largest in the United States. While its landscapes offer incomparable views, its transportation infrastructure leaves something to be desired.
In light of funding shortfalls on both the federal and local level, some Saskatchewanians are taking runway maintenance into their own hands. Most of Saskatchewan’s airports don’t see all that much traffic — less than 1,000 passengers per airport annually, in fact.
With its decision to renew an important industry tax credit, Canada signals its support for mineral exploration. Earlier this year, the Canadian government extended the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC) through March 31, 2019. The 15 percent tax credit aims to boost investment in small mineral exploration companies that are backed by venture capital.