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Selected News Stories: Informal, small-scale, & artisanal mining sector

Recent News Stories:

Image: CINCIA/Jason Houston

Image: CINCIA/Jason Houston

Gold mining leaves heart of Peruvian Amazon a wasteland.

PBS Newshour, by Leo Schwartz on 21 September 2019

Image: Getty Images/Cris Bournocle

Image: Getty Images/Cris Bournocle

It’s Not Just Fires. Your Phone Is Also Destroying The Amazon.

Buzzfeed, by Nicole Nguyen on 31 August 2019

Image: CINCIA/Jason Houston

Image: CINCIA/Jason Houston



Mercury poisoning chief among health problems facing Peru’s uncontacted tribes. Mongabay, by Ramiro Escobar on 9 May 2019 | Translated by Sarah Engel.

Illegal gold mining destroys wetland forest in Madagascar park. Mongabay, by Rowan Moore Gerety on 19 February 2019.

Gold mining suspected as cause of Cambodian mass poisonings. Mongabay, by Rod Harbinson on 17 August 2018.

Four regions in Peru exposed to mercury contamination. Mongabay, by Yvette Sierra Praeli on 8 May 2018 | Translated by Sarah Engel.

Read more articles on Mongabay: use search terms “artisanal mining


Conflict Minerals / 3Ts

The way that minerals are mined affects conflict in eastern Congo., by Marijke Verpoorten, Nik Stoop And Peter Van Der Windt on 30 July 2019.

An ugly truth behind ‘ethical consumerism’. The WorldPost, by By Laura Kasinof on 19 April 2018.


The hidden costs of cobalt mining. The Washington Post, by Lena Mucha, Todd C. Frankel and Karly Domb Sadof on 28 February 2018.

DRC mining risks worsen as artisanal cobalt miners turn to copper. The Africa Report, by David Whitehouse on 22 August 2019.

Why smartphones are no longer driving the search for ‘blue gold’., by Jamie Robertson 11 August 2019.

THE COBALT PIPELINE: Tracing the path from deadly hand-dug mines in Congo to consumers’ phones and laptops. The Washington Post, by Todd C. Frankel on 30 September 2016.

Rare Earths

China gets tougher on illegal mining, exporting of rare earths. by Cecilia Jamasmie on 2 February 2016.

Colored Gemstones

How the sapphire trade is driving lemurs toward extinction. National Geographic, by Paul Tullis on 6 March 2019.


How tainted gold may have ended up in your phone. New York Times, by Nicholas Casey and Brent McDonald on 30 August 2019.

The other man-made disaster ravaging the Amazon. The Nation, by Leo Schwartz on 29 August 2019.

The toxic toll of Indonesia’s gold mines. National Geographic, by Richard C. Paddock on 24 May 2016.

Gold mining in Brazil’s amazon: Artisanal miners vs. mining companies. by Ana Komnenic on 26 December 2013.

The real price of gold. National Geographic, by Brook Larmer, 2009.


Header Image: Alex Dehgan, Los Amigos Research Station

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