Now over two weeks into ongoing protests that give no indication of subsiding, the major political actors in Romania struggle to deal with an increasingly larger and more vocal segment of the population. There is also a growing sense that this movement is already bigger than Rosia Montana itself.
Southern Arizonans are dealing with a mining company that is using its investors' money to buy political support to acquire permits that would allow it to blast a one-mile wide, half-mile deep, open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson.
EPA just concluded a 60-day public comment period, and the vast majority of people asked EPA to protect Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. NRDC members and activists alone sent over 267,000 petitions to the agency.
A long-awaited study by the Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that the Pebble Mine -- along with its estimated 10 billion tons of mining waste -- would spell disaster for Bristol Bay, its legendary salmon runs, its pristine environment and its people.
Each year tens of thousands of people are poisoned by toxic mercury spewed into the air, land and water by small-scale gold miners in Indonesia and other low income countries where production has soared as gold prices skyrocketed.
Mr. and Mrs. Mkoko are one of four families in the film They Go to Die -- Mr. Mkoko, who was present at the screening, is the only one of four miners who has survived the hardships resulting from his time in the mines.
The rivers of Indonesia's Kalimantan provinces seem pristine and free of the toxic stuff floating around in the Hudson and the Potomac rivers, but thousands of gold miners are pouring toxic mercury into the air.