Evidence from the Peruvian Amazon
Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is estimated to produce between 10 percent and 30 percent of gold worldwide. While ASGM may achieve socioeconomic gains for families, it is also identified as the leading source of atmospheric mercury. This presentation will explore the social, economic, environmental and health impacts of ASGM on both global and local scales, focusing on the current epidemic of mining in the Peruvian Amazon and on the long-term impacts of mercury exposure.
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