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Preventing the Next Disaster in Haiti

Mark Schuller | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Mark Schuller

By Ellie Happel and Mark Schuller The earthquake that rocked Port-au-Prince and killed hundreds of thousands of people six years ago today is often m...

Pushing Back Against an Amazon Gold Rush: Maps Lead the Way

Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D. | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D.

Each year, of course, brings new issues and priorities, but I have noticed that a particular problem is increasingly weighing on the minds of the Trio Indians of Kwamalasamutu village: some men are being seduced by the opportunity for pay in distant gold mining ventures, leaving the village for long periods of time and occasionally not returning at all.

Bering Sea Gold Reality TV Star Arrested in Nome Heroin Investigation

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.09.2015 | Entertainment
Alaska Dispatch News

One of the people arrested Thursday as part of a yearlong effort to combat heroin in Nome is a Discovery Channel reality TV star.

State Dept. Keystone XL North Contractor ERM Approved Project Now Melting Glaciers

Steve Horn | Posted 01.16.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogPhoto Credit: Wikimedia CommonsA controversial government contractor once again finds itself in hot water, or in this case...

Environmental Disturbance and the Emergence of Tropical Disease: Lessons From the Gold Fields of Ghana

Mario Machado | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Mario Machado

The wealth contained within this land does not belong to those that live and work it, but to those with the might to control it.

Kate Sheppard

Senators Seek To Curb EPA Authority On Mine Waste Disposal

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- A pair of senators have introduced legislation that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from using its authority to preemp...

Kate Sheppard

EPA Moves To Block Massive Alaskan Gold And Copper Mine

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that it is beginning a process that could block a massive proposed gold mine in A...

9 Miners Trapped More Than A Mile Underground In South Africa

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.05.2014 | World

Nine miners are missing in a South African gold mine after a fire broke out Tuesday evening, trapping workers more than a mile underground. A relea...

This Ghost Town Is For Sale...And It's Cheaper Than Buying Your Apartment

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.13.2013 | HuffPost Home

A California property owner is literally sitting on a goldmine and is selling the land on Craigslist for just under a quarter of a million dollars. ...

Now's Your Chance to Own an Entire Gold Mining Ghost Town

Roadtrippers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
Roadtrippers

Need to expand your property portfolio? Ever dreamed of owning your very own ghost town? Get excited, because the old mining town of Seneca, Californ...

Is Cyanide in Its Autumn Hours? Greener Gold and the International Implications of a Romanian Ban on Cyanide

Adam Cernea Clark | Posted 09.24.2013 | World
Adam Cernea Clark

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.

Public Interest Versus Private Greed

Frances Causey | Posted 10.08.2013 | Business
Frances Causey

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.

Bristol Bay: NRDC's Reynolds Discusses EPA's Watershed Assessment

Joel Reynolds | Posted 09.07.2013 | Green
Joel Reynolds

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.

It's Time to Stop the Pebble Mine

Robert Redford | Posted 03.10.2013 | Green
Robert Redford

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.

The Smell of Freedom in Indonesia

American Anthropological Association | Posted 02.13.2013 | World
American Anthropological Association

Smelling freedom in the shifting winds of history, a multitude of church leaders, politicians, and ordinary citizens are starting to take action in solidarity with this struggle.

Asian Gold Miners Use Borax to Replace Toxic Mercury

Ben Barber | Posted 01.27.2013 | Green
Ben Barber

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.

Canada meets Wirikuta: Visit from Council of Canadians' Maude Barlow

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 01.19.2013 | Green
Tracy L. Barnett

From the moment Maude Barlow passed under the crumbling stone arch and saw the first nopalera laden with red cactus fruits, she knew she was entering another dimension.

They Go to Die

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 09.30.2012 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

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.

Cleaning Mercury Out of Indonesian Gold

Ben Barber | Posted 05.30.2012 | Green
Ben Barber

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.

Cody Survives Accident On Deck Of 'Bering Sea Gold'

Posted 05.04.2012 | TV

It's risky work on "Bering Sea Gold" (Fri., 10 p.m. EST on Discovery), with perhaps as much danger coming from the ships the crews are working on as i...

'Bering Sea Gold': Mutiny On The Wild Ranger

Posted 04.27.2012 | TV

Unless the entire crew backs the play, it's usually not a good idea to start calling out the captain of any vessel. Luckily for Steve, they were still...

Impressive Dollar Amount Achieved On 'Gold Rush Alaska'

Posted 04.20.2012 | TV

With work still ongoing, the boys of "Gold Rush" (Fri., 8 p.m. EST on Discovery) are starting to see both their fortunes and their moods improve. Aft...

Did 'Gold Rush Alaska' Crew Mine Enough To Turn Profitable?

Posted 02.06.2012 | TV

With running costs of $1,000 per day, Fred Hurt and his crew at Porcupine Creek will only start turning a profit once they extract at least 50 ounces ...

Proposed Gold Mine Riles Local People In Peru

GlobalPost | Posted 12.07.2011 | World

President Ollanta Humala's tightrope act was never going to be easy: keeping Peru's economy booming while cracking down on the mining industry's envir...

Mali: Artisanal Mines Produce Gold With Child Labor

Human Rights Watch | Posted 02.05.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

Hazardous Work, Mercury Poisoning, and Disease (Bamako)– At least 20,000 children work in Malian artisanal gold mines under extremely harsh and dan...