Globally, Metal Mining Employs Less Than 1% of the Workforce But Consumes as Much as 10% of Energy

Jun 19, 2010 5:39 PM ET


Unstable Governments
    • The Democratic Republic of Congo produces more than $2 billion of diamonds annually, but 90% of its population (60 million people) lives in poverty

    • 70% of the world's gold comes from developing countries such as Guatemala and Ghana

    • Nearly 2 million children work in mines around the world. Thousands more children work in cutting and polishing factories

    • Burma exports 80-90% of the world's rubies and jadeite

    • Madagascar produces 50% of the world's sapphires

    • Globally, metal mining employs less than 1% of the workforce but consumes as much as 10% of energy

Read more here...