The dream of striking it rich in Myanmar draws people from all over the country to the bountiful Jade mines in Kachin state. But perilous conditions and the risk of drug addiction cast a long shadow.
We must wean ourselves off unsustainable economic growth if we are to cut greenhouse gas emissions and avoid catastrophic climate change, say some economists. But what are the alternatives to growth?
Residents were shocked after two large pieces of metal dropped from the sky in a jade mine in Kachin state. Authorities are looking into the matter.
NGO Global Witness says jade worth $30bn dollars were mined in Myanmar in 2014. But they're mainly owned by the country's generals along with Chinese businesses
Myanmar's shift to a democratic government, and the lifting of sanctions, have opened the door to lucrative new markets for jade traders. Trade of the precious stone remains hindered by corruption and low prices.
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