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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...
Gold Mining Devastates Rainforest

Gold Mining Devastates Rainforest

http://youtu.be/D8amzv_kwMs A new study published this week by the Carnegie Institution for Science revealed the true cost of the gold mining epidemic in the Madre de Dios region. Said lead author and friend of AAF Greg Asner, “Our results reveal far more rainforest...
Illicit Miners Loot 18 Tons of Gold Every Year

Illicit Miners Loot 18 Tons of Gold Every Year

To read about the economic impact of illicit and unregulated gold mining, visit http://www.bullionstreet.com/news/peru-illicit-miners-loot-18-tons-of-gold-every-year/1367 Illicit gold mining in Peru is costing the country more than $190 million a year due to tax...
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...