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Lessons from California’s Gold Rush

Lessons from California’s Gold Rush

Artisanal and small-scale gold mining is now responsible for the largest intentional releases of mercury into the environment.  Mercury is a highly toxic metal used to extract gold from sediment, and the emissions can be devastating to human health, causing severe...
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...