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State of emergency in Peru as illegal gold mining causes mercury contamination

Madre de Dios

Peru’s government has declared a two-month state of emergency across 11 Amazon jungle districts due to mercury contamination caused by widespread illegal gold mining activities. The South American country, home to 13 percent of the iconic Amazon rainforest, is the sixth largest gold producer in the world. Covert mining for the luxury metal, however, has been a major cost to the environment and human ...

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State of emergency

    Cartoon by Francis Odupute

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