Peru has declared a 60-day state of emergency in a part of the Amazon the size of Austria. The announcement is aimed at curbing high rates of mercury poisoning from rampant illegal gold mining in the Madre de Dios region.
Tourists gasp for breath as they climb for two hours to a peak in the Peruvian Andes that stands 16,404 feet (5,000 meters) above sea level. They're dead tired, but stunned by the magical beauty unfurled before them.
Ghana is one of Africa's biggest gold producers – and that's taken a heavy toll on its environment thanks partly to widespread illegal small-scale mining. But expert Yaw Britwum Opoku tells DW why things are looking up.
Speaking in front of thousands of indigenous people Pope Francis decried the reckless destruction of rainforests by mining. Later, with Peru's president and other leaders, he warned of another scourge: corruption.
Gold mining in African countries takes place in unlicensed or small scale mines, where thousands of children work in hazardous conditions and end up developing respiratory health problems.
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