Little known about impact of oil spills in Amazon

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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A series of oil spills from an aging pipeline in northern Peru, combined with decades’ worth of pollution from oil drilling in Amazonian Ecuador and Peru have left…

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5 myths about mercury in Madre de Dios

Sunday, September 29, 2013
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A new study found unsafe amounts of mercury in fish and people in Puerto Maldonado, the capital of Peru’s southeastern Madre de Dios Region. Average mercury levels in nine of…

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Telltale hairs reveal mercury in Peruvian miners’ bodies

Sunday, September 29, 2013
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A new study shows that mercury from wildcat gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon is accumulating in the bodies of miners and other people in Peru’s southeastern Madre de Dios region. The…

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Can’t see the forest for the (palm) trees

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Oil palm plantations in Kalimantan – the Indonesian name for the island known in English as Borneo – are expanding at the expense of forest, leading to an increase in carbon emissions,…

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Would you like some mercury with that fish?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Several small studies have shown that some fish in the Madre de Dios region in southeastern Peru contain dangerous levels of mercury. A larger study of mercury in…

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Dammed if they do …

Sunday, September 29, 2013

It’s been one dam story after another in South America in the past week or so. The 2,750 Mw HidroAysén dam in southern Chile got the green light from an appeals court after a…

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Alluvial gold mining

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Andes Mountains are rich in minerals, including gold. Over millions of years, erosion has carried gold down the eastern slope of the Andes and deposited it along river beds,…

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Deforestation

Sunday, September 29, 2013

More people moving to Amazonia usually mean more deforestation. Regionwide, most deforestation is due to clearing for agriculture, but in some areas of Madre de Dios, deforestation for alluvial…

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Population pressure

Sunday, September 29, 2013

While three-quarters of the residents of Amazonia live in Brazil, the population has been growing in the Amazonian region of all the countries that share the basin. Population density in Amazonia…

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Water and winds

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Amazon watershed lies in the tropics, the band around the equator from 30 degrees north latitude to 30 degrees south, which receives more solar radiation than any other place…

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