The Cycle of Gold

The Cycle of Gold

The Madre de Dios, or “Mother of God” region, of southeastern Peru, where the Amazon rainforest meets the eastern slope of the Andes, is one of the most critical biodiversity hotspots on Earth. This area is the headwaters regions of the Amazon River which carries 20%...
Environmental Impact of Illegal Mining

Environmental Impact of Illegal Mining

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...
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...

U.N. Passes Mercury Agreement

Last Thursday, the United Nations launched a groundbreaking treaty—the Minamata Convention—designed to limit mercury pollution internationally.  The treaty was signed by delegates of 140 nations after four years of negotiations, and will regulate the use of mercury in...