New Species of River Dolphin Discovered

New Species of River Dolphin Discovered

Researchers in Brazil have identified a new species of river dolphin living in the Amazon’s Araguaia River Basin. Named after the river it was found in, the Araguaia boto river dolphin species diverged from their closest relatives around two million years ago, when...
Mercury Capture System from EPA

Mercury Capture System from EPA

Small-scale and artisanal gold mining is responsible for releasing the largest amount of mercury into the environment of any sector globally, accounting for over 400 metric tons of airborne elemental mercury released each year.  A large portion of the airborne mercury...
The Battle Over Illegal Mining

The Battle Over Illegal Mining

The Peruvian government recently announced a more aggressive strategy to combat illegal mining in 2014. The High Commissioner for Formalization of Mining, Daniel Urresti, said that the Peruvian Navy will carry out daily patrols, as well as more frequent operations to...
Peruvian Customs Seize Gold Headed for US

Peruvian Customs Seize Gold Headed for US

Peruvian customs agents seized 508 kilos of gold (worth US$18.8 million) that was suspected to have come from illegal mining in a secret operation in December. The gold was on its way to refineries in the US and Italy, by six metal export companies, which are now...