InfoAmazonia visited location where illegal mercury is sold along the border between Bolivia and Brazil, for illegal use by wildcat gold mining operations in Amazonia. After the Minamata Convention, Bolivia became the world’s largest mercury importer and it is estimated that half of the metal is sold as contraband to neighboring countries including Brazil, which has eliminated its legal mercury imports.
Carnivorous fish are among the most consumed by the Munduruku and the most contaminated by mercury. Scientists suspect the toxic metal, found in the bodies of the members of this indigenous community is seriously affecting the health of adults and children who are born with malformations and developmental delays. Munduruku women already avoid getting pregnant.
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.
Scientists emphasize that reducing the threats of contagion by zoonoses depends on “landscape immunity”, but in Brazil, the maintenance of large conserved environments runs into loopholes and delays in implementing the Forest Code.
With pressure on their native land and traditional foods, agrochemicals polluting their rivers, and a high rate of chronic disease have left the Xavante people of Brazil’s Cerrado savanna vulnerable to the pandemic.
In the rural area, the challenge for residents affected by the smoke is to get medical care
The smoke from the fires and Covid sweeps from southern Amazonas to Acre
Smoke from burnings worsens Covid-19 in the Amazon
Engolindo Fumaça – metodologia do processamento e análise de dados O projeto Engolindo Fumaça analisa dados de satélite para determinar quais locais na Amazônia brasileira foram os mais afetados pela poluição do ar durante as queimadas de 2020. A investigação começou pela seleção das fontes de dados de sensoriamento remoto disponíveis para as diferentes variáveis […]
Data dashboard of the Inhaling Smoke project, with results of the statistical analysis for all states and municipalities of the Brazilian Legal Amazon, with filters by month and geographic location. Table with data selection can be downloaded and is open to use.