Mercury: A silent killer in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has a free-for-all affair for artisanal gold mining but the use of mercury in these operations has detrimental effects not only on the environment.

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Indigenous artists from the Amazon use art for environmental advocacy

Visual artist Denilson Baniwa and singer Djuena Tikuna are taking the Amazon to galleries and stages around the world.

In Indonesia, outlaw gold miners poison themselves to survive

One large mining company is trying to shut illegal operations, which use mercury. The small-scale miners say there’s no other way to earn a living.

Two arrested as mercury poisoning plagues North Sumatra’s El Dorado

Unlicensed small-scale gold mining is under the spotlight after reports of babies being born with deformities caused by mercury poisoning.


Personal story motivates Yellowknifer's human rights campaign

Laurence Wilson escaped Liberia's civil war. Now, he's urging Yellowknifers to support human rights around the globe.

Rubio: Gold smuggling a “direct threat” to U.S. interests

Sen. Marco Rubio cited a cornucopia of evils unleashed by illegal mining including human trafficking, disease, mercury poisoning and widespread deforestation in the Amazon basin.

Ottawa accused of 'stalling tactics' over mercury treatment facility

“My parents had mercury poisoning — they died. My kids have mercury poisoning. My grandkids have mercury poisoning."

Beluga whales could carry a molecule preventing mercury poisoning

Could the belugas of Northern Quebec hold the key to preventing mercury intoxication in local Inuit communities?

The hidden cost of gold: Birth defects and brain damage

Indonesia’s mercury trade is intertwined with illegal gold mining around the world, leaving a legacy of thousands born with birth defects and half a million people poisoned.

Youth from Grassy Narrows and Amnesty International launch letter writing campaign to address mercury crisis

Amnesty International's annual global letter-writing campaign is taking aim at the mercury crisis youth in Asubpeeschoseewagong have been fighting to end.


For First Nation families, mercury is an intergenerational trauma. For politicians, it’s an election issue.

Fifty years after an Ontario First Nation learned its fish were poisoned, research suggests the damage is being handed down from parents to children.

No agreement between Ottawa, Grassy Narrows over proposed mercury care centre before election call

Talks aimed at reaching an agreement over a proposed on-reserve care facility for people suffering from the effects of mercury poisoning broke off over the summer.


Poison: Sacramento woman comatose after using skin cream

A Sacramento woman has been hospitalized for mercury poisoning and is in a “semi-comatose state" after using skin cream imported from Mexico that had mercury added by a third party.


Video: Activism in practice: Grassy Narrows and River Run

The people of Grassy Narrows have dealt with the effects of industrial pollution for almost five decades. With government promises made and broken, they take to the streets to fight for justice.

Grassy Narrows chief, NDP candidate urges Ottawa to talk turkey on mercury

The chief of a northwestern Ontario reserve is calling on Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O'Regan to sit down to hammer out an agreement on a long-promised treatment facility for mercury poisoning.

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