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Environmental, Campaign & Website News > Demand for gold pushing deforestation in Peruvian Amazon

Demand for gold pushing deforestation in Peruvian Amazon

Date : 19th April 2011, Source : Mongabay



Deforestation is on the rise in Peru's Madre de Dios region from illegal, small-scale, and dangerous gold mining. In some areas forest loss has increased up to six times. But the loss of forest is only the beginning; the unregulated mining is likely leaching mercury into the air, soil, and water, contaminating the region and imperiling its people.

http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0419-hance_peru_mining.html





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