Gold rush, mercury legacy: Small-scale mining for gold has produced long-lasting toxic pollution, from 1860s California to modern Peru

By Jacqueline Gerson

Gold is everywhere in modern life, from jewelry to electronics to smartphones. The global electronics industry alone uses 280 tons annually. And that demand keeps growing.

But most people know little about the environmental impacts of gold mining. About 15% of world gold production is from artisanal and small-scale mining in over 70 countries throughout Asia, Africa and South America. These operations employ 10 to 19 million workers. They often are poorly policed and weakly regulated.

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Legal cannabis industry needs access to secure banks | Commentary


Since the first thousands of cases of coronavirus spread across the country in March, American life as we know it has changed and entire industries have been upended. In the cannabis industry, sales increased in many of the 33 states where some form of adult-use and/or medical marijuana are legal, likely because patients and consumers didn’t know the next time they could visit a dispensary and are experiencing increased levels of anxiety and depression during the pandemic.

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5G fires: Australian mobile companies work with police to prevent arson attacks

By Josh Taylor

Australian mobile companies are seeking to head off any outbreak of anti-5G arson attacks on telecommunications infrastructure, stating they are working with police to keep an eye out for potential incidents.

Victoria police announced on Friday an investigation had commenced into a fire at a telecommunications tower at Cranbourne West in Melbourne’s outer suburbs.

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Mining Gold in the Workplace Marketplace

By Doug Kirkpatrick

Scary terms like “future of work” and “self-management” are challenging for leaders already anxious over wrenching COVID-19 transformation, accelerating technological change, and the uneasy mix of generations in the workplace. Small wonder that an IBM study of executives found that even in the pre-COVID-19 environment, most leaders doubted their own ability to manage complexity.[1] In an age when average CEO tenures are shrinking, it’s safer to embrace familiar frameworks than to adopt new paradigms fraught with potential chaos (a concept eerily reminiscent of ancient cartography with sea monsters at the edge of the known world with the caption “Here be dragons”).

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Tech, health care and energy: Investing experts share where they’re placing their bets

By Karen Gilchrist

he economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has got many of us looking for new ways to make the most of our money.

That’s spurred a surge in demand for financial advice and investment opportunities, particularly among young people. So far this year, online stock trading has skyrocketed, with transactions on platforms like Robinhood, eToro and Raging Bull jumping up to 300% as new millennial investors pile in.

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Poison Pills: A Common Component In Lawmaking, M&A And Now Cannabis

By Andrew Ward

egislative poison pills, or wrecking amendments, are a common component in American lawmaking, and they’re beginning to appear in cannabis legislation more frequently.

A Common Political Practice

These amendments are a standard fixture in politics. In most cases, opposing lawmakers take an otherwise popular piece of legislation and upend it by introducing an amendment that alters the perception of the bill, otherwise known as agenda manipulation.

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New 5G Switches Mean Battery Life Improvements, Higher Bandwidth and Speeds

By Nat Levy

AUSTIN, Texas — The 5G revolution has begun, and the first lines of phones that can access the next generation of wireless speeds have already hit the shelves. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Lille in France have built a new component that will more efficiently allow access to the highest 5G frequencies in a way that increases devices’ battery life and speeds up how quickly we can do things like stream high-definition media.

Smartphones are loaded with switches that perform a number of duties. One major task is jumping between networks and spectrum frequencies: 4G, Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth, etc. The current radio-frequency (RF) switches that perform this task are always running, consuming precious processing power and battery life.

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Stock Market Boost: Unemployment Outlook Shifts To Positive

By John S. Tobey

Surprise! Those widely discussed, horrible unemployment numbers are showing improvement.

Economists continue to generate dire omens as described in The Wall Street Journal’s May 23 article, “The Job Market’s Long Road Back.” However, those forecasts are overly reliant on improper analysis. Moreover, remember this absolute truth: Economists are excellent at analyzing the past and terrible at forecasting the future – even the next week, month or quarter.

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Bitcoin Could Get a Boost From Central Bank Digital Currencies

By Bradley Keoun

“There is no clear understanding where bitcoin will go,” Yuriy Mazur, head of data analytics at cryptocurrency exchange CEX.IO told CoinDesk’s Omkar Godbole. “It may either retrace back to $6,500 or reach $10,000.”

You’re reading First Mover, CoinDesk’s daily markets newsletter. Assembled by the CoinDesk Markets Team, First Mover starts your day with the most up-to-date sentiment around crypto markets, which of course never close, putting in context every wild swing in bitcoin and more. We follow the money so you don’t have to.

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