Small-scale gold mining has led to the destruction of more than 170,000 acres of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon over the past five years, according to new research.
The proposed mine would sit within Cenderawasih Bay National Park, while parts of it also overlap onto or border the Wondiwoi Mountains Nature Reserve—both protected areas.
The Obama administration proposed the rule last year to ensure that companies demonstrate their ability to pay for environmental clean-up.
Activists point to rights abuses, ecological disasters, and what they believe to be unfair distribution of profits.
Like the '49ers before them, modern-day techies arrive with a dream and feel as if they deserve to realize it.
Even scientists aren't entirely sure what color the dress is.
Worries about oil and gas hog the airwaves. But copper is also essential to keep the world running: It threads through your house, your computer, your eco-correct hybrid car. And it's getting just as difficult, expensive, and environmentally menacing as oil to extract. We have entered the era of tough ore.