Peru has declared an environmental emergency after tests found people had been contaminated with mercury. The toxic element is used in illegal gold mines in the country.
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.
El Salvador's Parliament has approved a law banning all metal mining projects. The measure aims to protect the impoverished Central American nation's environment - but critics fear it could hurt the economy.
Chevron has won a key challenge against a multi-billion-dollar judgment over polluting the Ecuadorian Amazon with toxic oil waste. But the case is far from over - a challenge is still pending in Canada.
Romanian civil society is celebrating its success after a decade-long fight against a gold mining project in Rosia Montana. The site was recently included in the country's tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage.
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