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

Peru’s first-ever high-resolution carbon map could help the world breathe easier

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    To put an accurate price on carbon, you need to know how much you have and where it’s … 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

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

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

The Making of Amazon Gold

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Check out this in-depth article on Mongabay.com exploring the circumstances leading up to Amazon Gold, the award-winning film that exposes … 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

The Battle Over Illegal Mining

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The Peruvian government recently announced a more aggressive strategy to combat illegal mining in 2014. The High Commissioner for Formalization of … Read More

Peruvian Customs Seize Gold Headed for US

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Translation of article from El Comercio  Peruvian customs agents seized 508 kilos of gold (worth US$18.8 million) that was suspected … Read More

The Invisible Victims of Peru’s Gold Rush

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In this video, Guillermo Galdos, a reporter for Britain’s Channel 4 news, shows how illegal gold mining harms not only … Read More

Gold Mining and Mercury Pollution

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This article from Mongabay.com provides an excellent overview of the growing problem of mercury released by informal gold mining. Read the … Read More

Amazon Gold in the Guianas

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Last week, Amazon Aid Foundation board members Sarah DuPont and Luis Fernandez traveled to Guyana, French Guyana, and Suriname, in … Read More

Luis Fernandez Meets With Peruvian Government

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AAF Board member and leading mercury researcher Luis Fernandez met with the Prime Minister of Peru last week to present … Read More

Lessons from California’s Gold Rush

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Artisanal and small-scale gold mining is now responsible for the largest intentional releases of mercury into the environment.  Mercury is … Read More

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