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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...
Understanding Gold Mining

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...