The Chinese city of Shifang cancels the planned development of a copper plant after thousands of people demonstrated.
Brazilian President Michel Temer abolishes the 46,000 km 2 National Reserve of Copper and Associates (Renca) ecological reserve, which spans the borders of Amapá and Pará states in northern Brazil. More than 20 domestic and multinational firms have expressed an interest in accessing the area's deposits of gold, copper, tantalum, iron ore, nickel and manganese.
While attempting to create a nanotechnology-based, catalyst-mediated series of chemical reactions to turn carbon dioxide (C (a greenhouse gas) into a usable fuel, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory instead discover a single-step process using the surface area of tiny spikes of copper and carbon as a catalyst to turn carbon dioxide into ethanol (C C O. The reaction may serve as a method to alleviate possible climate change by both decreasing C in the atmosphere and by using the ethanol as an additive to fuels to increase efficiency and thereby decrease consumption.
Miners in the Philippines criticize the government after a crackdown on mining closed more nickel and copper mines. [http:--www.gulf-times.com-story-509602-Philippine-miners-slam-demolition-campaign ("Gulf Times")], [http:--jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com-se-asia-philippines-suspend-mines-environmental-crackdown- ("Jakarta Globe")]date=August 2019
Copper fabricator Southwire Co. drops its lawsuit against two giant Wall Street firms over a possible copper exchange-traded fund, as market and regulatory conditions make such an ETF seem decreasingly likely.