September 18, 2017

As I write this blog I am at 39,000 feet on an AirNZ plane between Sydney and Auckland returning home after a very productive and fulfilling 10 days in Lombok and Sumbawa Islands (Province of West Nusa Tenggara Barat or NTB) and Jakarta, Indonesia.


I made this visit as...

April 2, 2017

The idea of using plants to farm metals can no longer be considered new. Phytomining (as it is technically known) was first talked about in the 1990s, when scientists recognised that some plant species naturally accumulate abnormally high concentrations of certain meta...

June 2, 2016

News of Peru’s ‘State of Emergency’ over artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM) related pollution in part of the Amazon has received wide-spread public and social-media exposure over the past week.  The scale of this pollution is staggering: the impact...

March 18, 2016

Over recent years, I have been very fortunate to find myself in a position of leadership for ‘international development projects’. This is a very broad term, and one which I feel poorly qualified to define. But in the context of my work, I take this to mean projects wh...

January 23, 2016

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