Gold mining leading to felling of tropical forests in South America

14 January 2015

Rising demand for gold is being met at the cost of some of the most biologically diverse regions in the tropics.

It has stimulated new gold mining activities which come with removal of vegetation, construction of roads and railways and mushrooming of unorganised settlements in the eco-sensitive regions.

Researchers from the University of Puerto Rico have shown that between 2001 and 2013 around 1680 square km of tropical forest was lost in South America to gold mining.

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