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Gold Mining and Mercury Pollution

Gold Mining and Mercury Pollution

This article from Mongabay.com provides an excellent overview of the growing problem of mercury released by informal gold mining. Read the full article for an in-depth description of its use and effects around the world and particularly in the Madre de Dios region of...
Treatment Needed for Mercury Poisoning

Treatment Needed for Mercury Poisoning

Last week, the Peruvian national comptroller urged the regional government of Madre de Dios to provide residents with medical care in cases of unacceptable levels of mercury poisoning.  They warned that failing to act to enforce preventive measures and provide...
Global Warming Causes Rapid, Drastic Changes

Global Warming Causes Rapid, Drastic Changes

This week, the New York Times reports that a scientific panel warned that “continued global warming poses a risk of rapid, drastic changes in some human and natural systems…[such as] the possible collapse of polar sea ice, the potential for a mass...