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…
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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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