Contamination of people and environments by mercury increases in the Amazon, while agreements and government actions to reduce the problem are still on paper.
March 17, 2022
Although living 186 miles away from the area along the Tapajós River where illegal mining is concentrated, Santarém's inhabitants are at high risk of mercury poisoning.
April 1, 2016
The mining has left deep scars in the Yanomami people and in their territory. Between 1986 and 1990, it is estimated that 20% of the population (1,800 people) died due to disease and violence caused by invading gold miners.
March 24, 2016
The reason would be the consumption of a banned fish for human consumption in countries like Colombia and Brazil, because its body has the ability to accumulate mercury acquired by the environment.