Mercury pollution in small-scale gold mines

Number 27535
Subject Mining
Source PBSNewshour
Year 2015
Publication Date Part 1: February 17, 2015 Part 2 October 9, 2015
Summary These stories explore the process in which mercury is used in gold mining, the social and medical effects and showcases several tragic cases of young children and adults afflicted with severe mercury poisoning. Tragically, the worldwide effects of mercury poisoning are only now beginning to become apparent after two decades of intense global increases in small-scale gold mining. But it’s becoming clearer that this is becoming a global problem in developing countries as the unchecked use of toxic mercury in rural mining operations increase.
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Keywords gold; mercury; children; poisoning; global; toxic
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