As the curtain falls on the Age of Hydrocarbon Man and the transition towards a more sustainable low carbon future gathers momentum, it is important to recognise the sheer scale of the effort required.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said challenging China in the South China Sea will only lead to violence, and that he will only do so if Beijing drills for oil in the disputed waters.
Mineral exploration and production company Kodal has identified "very strong" deposits of Lithium, a crucial ingredient in battery manufacturing.
Scottish engineering firm Weir Group PLC on Thursday said trading in the first quarter was slightly ahead of its expectations, boosted by cost cutting and a resilient performance from its minerals arm.
US mining and oil heavyweight Freeport-McMoRan made a $1.85billion loss in the second quarter of 2015. The company posted $2billion of write-downs related to its oil and gas properties and other one-off items. Richard Adkerson, chief executive, said: "Our second-quarter results reflect strong operating performance in our global mining business, and solid production results and continued positive drilling and development results in our oil and gas operations.