A new study shows that water and food sources for 19 Indigenous communities have been massively affected by illegal mining.
Venezuela used to be a world leader in managing malaria, but is now the only country in Latin America where incidence of the disease is increasin
Peru’s government is on its way to fulfilling the goal of completely eradicating illegal mining operations in the ecologically-rich southeastern jungle region of Madre de Dios by year end, a government official said on recently.
Recently the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), the world’s largest scientific organization devoted to the study and protection of tropical ecosystems, with members in over 70 countries, has passed a resolution calling upon the Venezuela government to take action on illegal mining in the Caura Basin.
The cocaine business, along with illegal mining of gold and coltan, a mineral used in the manufacture of electronic devices, creates an almost insatiable demand for petrol and diesel, which are heavily subsidised by the Venezuelan government.
SKYROCKETING gold prices have fuelled an illegal mining rush that has tripled the rate of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon since 2008, researchers say.