“The environmental impact that may cause the” opencast mining “in our territory can alter the already precarious conditions of our climate. This activity can cause damage to our water and hydroelectric system. A system of fundamental forests for rainy periods is what is at stake. But alterations in biodiversity, ecosystem generate losses that affect endemic species and migratory habitat loss could severely threaten the survival of our indigenous people”, said Gustavo Carrasquel.
A new study shows that water and food sources for 19 Indigenous communities have been massively affected by illegal mining.
National parks in the Western United States and Alaska are some of the most pristine landscapes and waters on the planet, yet results of a four year study indicate that mercury contamination affects fish even in these protected areas.
Rebel forces and criminal gangs in Colombia are cutting down rainforests and polluting rivers with toxic chemicals used to extract gold in illegal but lucrative mining operations, police authorities say.
Gaps forming in seasonal Arctic sea ice may be creating a toxic conveyor belt, drawing mercury from higher altitudes to rain down on the ice, snow and tundra, according to a new study.
The Coordinator of the Environment, Mining and Industry Foundation (MEDMIN), Félix Carrillo, explained to the press recently that the worst environmental impacts are actually not the widespread use of mercury but deforestation caused by gold mining in the Amazon.
Indigenous children in Peru’s south eastern Amazon, an area where tens of thousands of illegal gold miners operate, have unsafe mercury concentrations over three times the level of their non-native counterparts, a study has found.
Environmental experts have been warning about the subject for more than 30 years; however, the most recent scientific research shows that the toxic effects have been spreading along with the growing illegal mines in the Southern part of the country.
More than 140 nations adopted the first legally binding international treaty aimed at reducing mercury emissions, after four years of negotiations on ways to set limits on the use of a highly toxic metal.
The Coatzacoalcos river basin in southern Mexico is so polluted that you can sense the mercury in the air, feel it and breathe it, and the population living in the area is only too aware of its undesirable neighbours: refineries and petrochemical complexes that emit this toxic element into the air and water.
Biodiversity Research Institute of Gorham will be working with the government of Mexico, conducting research in that country on mercury contamination, the institute announced recently.
The bottom line is that mercury in fluorescent bulbs does not add to the total amount of mercury in the environment, and they may even reduce it.
A local health group has joined other international organizations in calling for the ban on mercury in products to end the trade in the toxic element–considered harmful to humans and the environment. Ban Toxics!, a Quezon City-based non-government organization (NGO), joined several other groups at the 4th International Negotiating Committee (4th INC) organized by the…