Gold mining leaves heart of Peruvian Amazon a wasteland

>>Thompson: DESTRUCTION OF THE AMAZON RAINFOREST IS ACCELERATING, WITH RECENT STATISTICS SHOWING 870 SQUARE MILES WAS LOST IN JULY ALONE, NEARLY TRIPLE THAT OF THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. AND THE FIRES CURRENTLY BURNING IN BRAZIL ARE ONLY PART OF THE STORY. IN PERU, WHERE SOME 300,000 SQUARE MILES OF FOREST EXIST, ILLEGAL GOLD MINING […]

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South America’s Lithium Boom: A Blessing Or A Curse?

In the middle of southwest Bolivia sits the world’s largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni. For thousands of miles there is almost no development or vegetation—just salt. Throughout history, Salar de Uyuni has been little more than a popular destination for tourists and photographers attracted to its endlessly white landscape. However in the late 1980’s, […]

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