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"informal” miners protesting against government decrees declaring their activities illegal

Prime Minister hurriedly offered to modify its edicts to give the miners two more years to “formalize” their activities — still not good enough for the miners to lift their strike.

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Peru sees illegal mining protest

Peru sees illegal mining protest | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it
Several thousand people march in Peru's eastern Amazon against tough new sanctions for illegal gold mining.
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Peru exports endangered wood despite US trade pact

Peru exports endangered wood despite US trade pact | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it

Peru needs to do more to halt exports of endangered cedar and mahogany from the Amazon rain forest as it opens its economy to free trade, a conservation group and exporters said on Tuesday.

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Trash is everywhere

Trash is everywhere | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it

In Peru, litter is all around you. The main road from Tumbes to Trujillo is scattered with trash: plastic bags, Coca Cola bottles, diapers, paper wraps… It really is everywhere: along the roads, in the fields, in trees, in rivers, in the desert…

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Cerro de Pasco: The pollution is everywhere

Cerro de Pasco: The pollution is everywhere | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it

The pollution is everywhere. The mining waste is everywhere: in between different neighborhood in the form of gigantic piles, to raise the surface for the new bus station (the old one had to go for the expansion of the pit), for the construction of rural roads. The air, the earth and the water in and around Pasco are not only polluted by the pit itself, but especially by the surrounding mining waste. The whole town is covered by a thin layer of dangerous mining dust. The groundwater, rivers and lakes are affected by acid drainage and chemicals.

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High gold price triggers rainforest devastation in Peru

High gold price triggers rainforest devastation in Peru | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it
While alluvial gold mining in the Amazon is probably older than the Incas, miners using motorized suction equipment, huge floating dredges and backhoes are plowing through the landscape on an unprecedented scale, leaving treeless scars visible ...
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La Rinconada: Gold Madness

The bright gold contrasts with the living conditions at La Rinconada in the southern Puno region. At 5,400 meters above sea level, gold fever is everywhere, but residents live with unpaved roads and poor sanitation and sewage. There are nearly 100 small mines in the Bella Durmiente ("Sleeping Beauty", in Spanish) Mountain. Miners brave the altitude, cold, dust, exposure to chemicals and resulting sickness for the possibility of finding minimal amounts of the metal.

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Social Watch 2012: Environmental disaster and minimal efforts

Peru’s current development model has been battered by crises, plundered the ecosystem, impoverished the population and severely polluted the environment. The State’s sectoral and fragmented approach to environmental management and pollution control is weak and limited.

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Amazon rainforest imperiled in gold rush « SELVA- Vida Sin Fronteras

Amazon rainforest imperiled in gold rush « SELVA- Vida Sin Fronteras | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it
Estimates of the number of miners in Madre de Dios range between 40000 and 50000. According to the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, which is known by its Spanish initials, SPDA, just 3 percent of them are legal, ...
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Tambopata, Peru, illegal mining continues to threaten area's ...

Tambopata National Reserve in Madre de Dios is seriously compromised by the excessive growth of illegal mining in the area in more than 15 miles from the Inter-Oceanic Highway, damaging agricultural and forest concessionaires ...
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High gold price triggers rainforest devastation in Peru - El Amigo

High gold price triggers rainforest devastation in Peru - El Amigo | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it
Several Peruvian news media then reported that Romero operated illegal mining claims in Madre de Dios, taking payment from “guest” miners who paid a percentage of their daily take in exchange for being allowed to mine on his claims.
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Black Friday and Dirty Gold : The Last Word On Nothing

Black Friday and Dirty Gold : The Last Word On Nothing | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it
Seventeen years ago, Canadian biologist Adrian Forsyth slipped into lyricism as he described the great wilderness known as Tambopata-Candamo in Peru. The cloud ...
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Peru exporting outlawed timber from Amazon to the US - GlobalPost

Peru exporting outlawed timber from Amazon to the US - GlobalPost | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it

Peru exporting outlawed timber from Amazon to the US.

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Stanford grad student sees firsthand illegal gold mines in Peru and their threat to the rain forest

Stanford grad student sees firsthand illegal gold mines in Peru and their threat to the rain forest | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it

Stanford grad student sees firsthand illegal gold mines in Peru and their threat to the rain forest

Illegal gold mining in the rain forests of Peru has had devastating effects on the environment and the health of people working and living there. Stanford graduate student Katy Ashe took a trip to the mining shantytowns for her research.

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Mystery Deepens as 500 Pelicans Die in Peru

Mystery Deepens as 500 Pelicans Die in Peru | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it

More dead sea creatures are turning up on the shores of Peru. Over the past several days, 538 pelicans, 54 boobies, five sea lions, and a turtle have been found along a 40-mile stretch of coast, reports the BBC. The animals apparently died on the beach, and not at sea, say experts. What really concerns scientist is that this area is close to the spot where hundreds of dolphins were found dead earlier this year. A spokesman for the Peruvian government said officials are "deeply worried." An investigation is continuing.

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Peru Investigates Deaths of Almost 900 Dolphins

Peru Investigates Deaths of Almost 900 Dolphins | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it

Officials in Peru said Thursday they are investigating what caused the deaths of nearly 900 dolphins that have washed up on its northern coast over the past four months.

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Piura: 40% of the highland moors turned over to mining projects

Piura: 40% of the highland moors turned over to mining projects | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it

More than 40 percent of the highland moors, known in Spanish as "páramos," of the northern region of Piura have been turned over to mining projects, according to the government's mining institute INGEMMET and the non-governmental U.S.-based Mountain Institute. More than 11 percent of Peruvian territory is distributed among mining  concessions. Those mining blocks can include moors, river sources, and even
protected natural areas.

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La Oroya, Peru - The World's Most Polluted Places

La Oroya, Peru - The World's Most Polluted Places | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it

Lead is the contaminant that shows up most frequently on Blacksmith's list because the toll it takes on children can be so devastating. In La Oroya, a mining town in the Peruvian Andes, 99% of children have blood levels that exceed acceptable limits, thanks to an American-owned smelter that has been polluting the city since 1922. The average lead level, according to a 1999 survey, was triple the WHO limit. Even after active emissions from the smelter are reduced, the expended lead will remain in La Oroya's soil for centuries — and there's currently no plan to clean it up.

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Townspeople, gold shopkeepers highly exposed to mercury in Peru

Experts have long known Peru’s miners are exposed to extremely high levels of mercury. But now new research shows that the toxic threat has spread to towns in the Amazon and Andes Mountains where gold is sold. Inside Puerto Maldonado's gold shops, shopkeepers heat clumps of ore, releasing mercury vapors that waft into the shop, and then outside, into streets crowded with townspeople. Researchers detected mercury levels at a gold shop so extreme a monitor couldn’t measure them. Then, high in the Andes, they measured unsafe levels in the air outside the shops.

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Sustainable Fisheries: quotas and Peru

Sustainable Fisheries: quotas and Peru | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it

For decades anchovetas have been ground into fishmeal, of which Peru is the world’s top producer. They have suffered from rampant overfishing, whose effects are sometimes amplified by the disruptive El Niño and La Niña weather patterns. The annual catch peaked at 12m tonnes before the stock collapsed in 1972, taking years to recover.

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Illegal gold mining 10x greater effect on deforesting Amazon ...

Illegal gold mining 10x greater effect on deforesting Amazon ... | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it
Illegal gold mining 10x greater effect on deforesting Amazon. 26 04 2011. This is a very important study, today I attended a meeting in Lima on a study prepared by DIE, a German consulting group, on the Peru National REDD ...
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http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/8245815-peru-launches-campaign-against-illegal-mining

http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/8245815-peru-launches-campaign-against-illegal-mining | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it
Peru held its first coordinated operation to stop illegal gold mining, which causes immense destruction of the diverse southeastern Amazon region of Madre de Dios.
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Gold Lures Illegal Miners to Peru's Rainforests

Click for more: to.pbs.org In southeastern Peru, where the Andes Mountains meet the Amazon, lies one of the world\'s richest ecosystems and ...youtube.com...
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Amazon Rainforest News: Peruvian authorities raid illegal gold ...

Amazon Rainforest News: Peruvian authorities raid illegal gold ... | Environmental news from Peru | Scoop.it
Peru's Defense Ministry destroyed at least 75 illegal dredges and seized 15 vehicles from gold miners operating illegally in one of the most biodiverse parts of the Amazon rainforest. ... Illegal mining has even expanded into protected areas.
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