Behind the shine: how the jewellery trade relies on minerals tainted with death | openDemocracy

In Latin America, illegal small-scale mining increased under the cover of COVID-19 – with destructive consequences. “Mining in the Amazon has a devastating effect on the environment,” says Kippenberg of the illegal operations pushing deeper and deeper into the rainforest. “Illegal gold mining also poses a particular threat to indigenous communities who may be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.” Source: Behind the shine: how the jewellery trade relies on minerals tainted with death | openDemocracy

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