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Winner of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize for Africa: Rodrigue Katembo

Sophie Morlin-Yron

3rd May, 2017

From child-soldier to Netflix star, the Congolese park ranger has won his award for stopping oil exploration in the Virunga National Park. He talks to SOPHIE MORLIN-YRON more...

Winner of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize for Asia: Prafulla Samantara

Sophie Morlin-Yron

2nd May, 2017

Meet the man securing justice for the Dongira tribe's sacred hills...in the first of her profiles of two of this year's winners, SOPHIE MORLIN-YRON interviews the recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize for Asia more...

Romania rejects Rosia Montana gold mine

The Ecologist

12th December 2013

Romania's parliament has voted down changes to mining laws that would have allowed Europe's biggest open cast pit gold mine to go ahead at Rosia Montana in the Carpathian mountains. more...

The heavy price of Greek gold

Jim Wickens

25th July 2013

The birthplace of Aristotle is being laid waste by a vast mining project, opening a rift in a cash-strapped society more...
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Ethical jewellery: what to ask and what to buy

Amy Hall

24th April, 2012

From blood diamonds to mining with cyanide, bling is a big problem for the planet. But as Amy Hall explains, clued-up consumers mean greener gems more...
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Glencore faces questions over controversial DRC mine sales

Brett Scott

9th February, 2012

Moves by unknown shell companies to control lucrative natural resources may have cost Democratic Republic of Congo $1 billion in lost revenue, as UK-listed mining company Glencore under pressure to explain deals more...

Tainted gold: thousands join protest against Peru's largest ever mining project

Gervase Poulden

17th January, 2012

A US-backed billion-dollar gold mine has attracted thousands of protestors in recent weeks. Many have the poor economic legacy of existing mines fresh in their minds, reports Gervase Pouldon in Cajamarca, Peru more...
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The hidden costs of gold: mercury poisoning blights mining communities

Jody Clarke

14th November, 2011

The high price of gold has sent thousands into the informal mining sector and exposed workers and the environment to the devastating effects of mercury poisoning more...
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World's first Fairtrade gold goes on sale in the UK

Ruth Styles

12th February, 2011

The Fair Trade Foundation and the Alliance For Responsible Mining join forces to challenge unsustainable gold mining industry in Colombia and Peru more...
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UK and USA retailers join boycott against Alaska's 'dirty gold'

Tom Levitt

3rd November, 2010

Leading jewellery outlets including Fraser Hart, Tiffany & Co and Beaverbrooks say they won't use gold from London-based Anglo America's proposed mine in the Alaskan wilderness more...
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Nigeria gold rush sees 200 children killed in outbreak of lead poisoning

Xan Rice, Guardian East Africa correspondent

23rd September, 2010

The UN has sent an emergency team to Zamfara state, in Nigeria, as processing of ore by hand affects 18,000 people more...
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Great victory against cyanide for gold mining

Stephanie Roth

8th January, 2010

A landmark ban in Hungary on the use of cyanide in mining looks set to make huge improvements in public health. Now the country's neighbours need to follow her lead... more...

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Marc Ona Essengui

CASE STUDY: fighting a mine funded by foreign investment in Gabon

Chris Carroll and Eifion Rees

3rd August, 2009

Fighting a mine funded by foreign investment in Gabon has seen Marc Ona Essangui spend time in prison, but his only response, he says, is 'serenity' more...
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As green as gold?

Phil Moore

25th September, 2008

Environmental group Global Response has challenged Wal-Mart’s claim that their Love, Earth jewelery is ‘committed to protecting the environment’. more...
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Unearthing justice

Rashmi Mistry

28th May, 2008

Imagine you’re walking along and notice a flash from the ground. You look down and you’ve stumbled upon gold. You think your luck has changed, what’s shining back at you is a life of luxury, problems over. Except if you’re Luis Arteaga, a 95 year-old father of 10 in Honduras. more...
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Not all that is gold, glitters - a report on the dark side of the precious metal

Laura Sevier

17th April, 2008

The world’s favourite precious metal is hiding a dirty little secret. Laura Sevier reports on the truth behind the glitter, and asks whether gold can ever be green more...

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