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Detoxifying Artisanal Gold Mining..

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This is an interesting article about reducing mercury emissions in artisanal gold mining.. 

I learned that artisanal and small-scale gold mining supplies about 20% of the gold bought and sold around the world. At the same time, these mines account for 40% of the global emissions of mercury—a neurotoxic metal—into the atmosphere. That's more than any other source, including the burning of fossil fuels, which are naturally laced with trace amounts of mercury. What becomes of that atmospheric mercury largely remains a mystery.

The article then describes how a team of scientists worked with miners and their communities to reduce mercury emissions, including through recycling.. It's a science report with the usual stuff about control groups so it might not be to everyone's taste.. for others it could be a good lazy weekend read.. 




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