World Oct 09

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Extracting gold with mercury exacts a lethal toll

In Indonesia, the use of mercury in small-scale gold mining has tragic health consequences for those living near mining operations. Toxic plumes and other forms of exposure cause neurological problems, bone deformities, vision loss, deafness and even death. The NewsHour's…

Nation Feb 17

Photos: Child miners exposed to toxic chemicals in illegal gold mines

Technically illegal but practiced openly, small-scale mining activity is everywhere. This region once hosted large gold mining operations which exploited the rivers and clear-cut hundreds of thousands of acres in search of promising deposits after securing the necessary permits from…