11 Aug '11, 11pm

Picture of the day: the high price of gold for the Amazon rainforest

Picture of the day: the high price of gold for the Amazon rainforest

Demand for gold pushing deforestation in Peruvian Amazon (04/19/2011) 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. Using satellite imagery from NASA, researchers were able to follow rising deforestation due to artisanal gold mining in Peru. According the study, published in PLoS ONE, Two large mining sites saw the loss of 7,000 hectares of forest (15,200 acres)—an area larger than Bermuda—between 2003 and 2009. First strike against illegal gold mining in Peru: military destroys miners' boats (02/21/2011) Around a thousand Peruvian soldiers and police officers destroyed seve...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0812-gold_peru-pod.html

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