Greenland chooses nature over lucre as it shafts uranium mining

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Greenland chooses nature over lucre as it shafts uranium mining

It has also halted plans by an Australian firm to exploit one of the world’s largest deposits of rare earth minerals

Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen

Greenland’s parliament has passed legislation that will ban uranium mining and cease development of the Kuannersuit mine, one of the biggest rare earth deposits in the world.

Kuannersuit, owned by Australian mining firm Greenland Minerals, located near the southern town of Narsaq, contains a large deposit of rare earth metals, used to make consumer electronics and weapons, but also radioactive uranium.

The law, passed by parliament on Tuesday, was put forward by the Inuit Ataqatigiit party that came to power in April, after campaigning to ban uranium mining and halt the Kuannersuit project, also known as Kvanefjeld...

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