Illegal mining in Brazil's rainforests has become an 'epidemic'

Illegal mining in Brazil's rainforests has become an 'epidemic'
 

An epidemic of illegal artisanal mining across the Amazon rainforest has been revealed in an unprecedented new map, pinpointing 2,312 sites in 245 areas across six Amazon countries.
Called garimpo in Brazil, artisanal mining for gold and other minerals in Amazon forests and rivers has been a problem for decades and is usually illegal. It is also highly polluting: clearings are cut into forests, mining ponds carved into the earth, and mercury used in extraction is dumped in rivers, poisoning fish stocks and water supplies. But its spread has never been shown before.
“It has a big impact... read more

 
10 December 2018 in World News, Views: 40
Source: Guardian
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