All articles by Isabeau van Halm

Isabeau van Halm is a data journalist based in London. She has previously worked as editor of a local newspaper and is a graduate of the Erasmus Mundus Journalism Master’s. Contact Isabeau at: isabeau.vanhalm [at]

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Data insight: the EU’s import reliance for critical materials for wind energy is 77%

The EU has an import reliance of 77% on average for the extraction of critical materials needed for wind energy. In addition, 54% of critical materials processing is done outside the bloc.

Zimbabwe joins the wave of resource nationalism

Zimbabwe banned the exports of raw lithium ores in 2022, and then banned the exports of all raw mineral ores this year. Isabeau Van Halm explores the latest example of a wave of critical mineral resource nationalism.

The nickel price rollercoaster of 2022

Following an unprecedented price surge in March, nickel saw quick price swings in mid-November. Isabeau Van Halm considers why the market remains volatile.

Stumbling towards the last frontier: greater hesitancy for deep-sea mining

Greenpeace, the WWF and other environmental organisations were already calling for a global mortarium on deep-sea mining. Now, as Isabeau Van Halm writes, governments are joining them.

“Lifting the lid”: how the Australian mining industry can address workplace sexual abuses

The Australian government wants to attract more women to the mining industry, but to do so, writes Isabeau Van Halm, it will need to address widespread sexual harassment first.

Why the Australian mining industry needs to address workplace culture

The Australian government wants to attract more women to the mining industry. But to do so, it will need to address widespread sexual harassment first.

Mining profits rise during the pandemic, while communities are left behind

While mining companies made extraordinary profits during the pandemic, communities local to the mines faced additional challenges, a report finds.

How the energy transition was used as justification to continue mining during the pandemic

Many governments allowed mining operations to continue during the pandemic citing the energy transition, while simultaneously deregulating the industry, studies find.

As EV sales are rising, recyclers are getting ready for spent batteries

With governments investing in electric cars, securing future critical mineral supplies – including through battery recycling – is top of mind.

Mining sector commits to ESG, but more action is needed

Mining companies have aimed high in recent years with their net-zero goals. However, their actual emissions reduction record is mixed.