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High Mercury Levels in Amazon Residents

Mercury is a highly dangerous neurotoxin, and due to illicit and unregulated gold mining in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, residents of the area are being exposed to this harmful substance.  Mercury is used by gold miners to extract gold from metal and ore, a...

Interview with Neotropical Scientist Dr. Nigel Pitman

By Dave Lutz | Wed. October 11, 2011 Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Nigel Pitman, former research director of the Los Amigos conservation concession in Southeastern Peru, and currently a research associate at the Center for Tropical school of the...

Dr. Nigel Pitman’s Amazon Field Journal

Learn more about the Amazon rainforest from Nigel Pitman by visiting “Scientists at Work,” a section of the New York Times that acts as a modern field journal.  There you can learn everything from the techniques scientists use to study animals in the...

Understanding Gold Mining

Who is mining the Gold?  The rising price of gold in the global market has led to a boom in small-scale/artisanal mining. Although the mining is called ‘small-scale,’ the huge number of miners operating in Peru is creating an ecological catastrophe in the Amazon River...