The Cycle of Gold

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These videos take you step-by-step through the destructive process of illegal gold mining in the Amazon rainforest.

Ron Haviv Wins Big with Amazon Gold Photos

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Award-winning photojournalist and Artist for the Amazon Ron Haviv recently won an international photography award for a photo from his Amazon … Read More

Mining for Gold in the Amazon

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Artist Natalie Jeremijenko, who visited the University of Virginia this spring, posed a question to a group of us during … Read More

Top 10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy Gold

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  The gold in that jewelry? It may have come from an artisanal mine – a small-scale, low-tech, often illegal … Read More

Peru’s New Cocaine

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GOLD HAS BECOME SOUTH AMERICA’S MOST ILLICIT COMMODITY Peru has the second-largest amount of rain forest in the world, but … Read More

Environmental Impact of Illegal Mining

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Illegal mining in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest is having a severe impact on the environment. According to Juan José Córdova, leader of the energy sector at KPMG Peru, “it is estimated that 30 to 40 [metric] tons of mercury are dumped into the environment annually and burned off after amalgamation- generally without even using rudimentary technology to protect workers’ health or capture waste or fumes.”

The End of a Peruvian Gold Town

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Huepetuhe, Peru was a gold mining boomtown until the government took action against illegal mining. Events such as terminating gasoline … Read More

Destruyen campamento de minería ilegal y rescatan a diez menores

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Operación en Madre de Dios fue un éxito y no tuvo costo social

AP PHOTOS: Miners’ hard life now tinged with fear

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LA PAMPA, Peru (AP) — They sweat through 28-hour shifts in the malarial jungle of the Madre de Dios region … Read More

Peru, Colombia and Ecuador coordinate efforts to halt illegal mining

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Last month the Humala administration’s firm deadline for all miners to formalize their operations took effect on April 19. Government … Read More

Illegal Gold Mining in Peru- In Photos

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A nationwide ban on illegal mining has been in effect in Peru since April 19. The effects of this ban … Read More

Government led major joint operation against illegal mining in Madre de Dios

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El Comercio and Peru.21 reported that 1500 police and troops dynamited $23 million worth of heavy machinery used in illegal … Read More

$35 Million Pledged to Combat Illegal Gold Mining in Peru

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Earlier this week, the Humala administration of Peru pledged $35 million (US) to the Madre de Dios region, an investment that will work to enforce the rule of law in areas of development.

Peru congressional committee passes bill on illegal mining

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The Peruvian government is taking big steps towards stopping  illegal gold mining activity that has been plaguing the country for … Read More

Crackdown on Illegal Gold Exports in Peru

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Peru is the world’s sixth largest gold exporter. A quarter of the gold shipped from the country last year was likely exported by companies acquiring ore from illegal sources.

Our Stolen Future

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This article originally appeared in Spanish in the print edition of El Comercio.  “The mothers of Madre de Dios and Puno … Read More

Ethical Gold Mining in Peru

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From Reuters, a report on efforts by small-scale gold miners in South America to minimize negative social and environmental impact … Read More

Gold Mining is Modern Slavery for Many Children in Peru

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For many children in Peru, gold mining is a last resort option with no way out. Take the story of … Read More

Controversial Mine May Reopen in Peru

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This past December government officials announced Minas Conga will most likely reopen for operations in the first quarter of 2014. … Read More

Mercury Capture System from EPA

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  Small-scale and artisanal gold mining is responsible for releasing the largest amount of mercury into the environment of any … Read More

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