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  • An Illustration of the Mining Dilemma in Colombia

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

    I just read a good article in Tierramérica that illustrates well, I think, the current split in Colombia over mining, particularly mining that affects protected areas.  They examine the controversy over AngloGold Ashanti‘s gold exploration activities in the municipality of Cajamarca, in Tolima Department*, in the Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range) and the Central Forest […]

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    Finally, a Chance for a Global Mercury Accord / Por fin, un chance para un acuerdo global sobre el mercurio

    Saturday, February 21st, 2009

    When the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Governing Council (GC) considered and agreed on the draft decision on chemicals management, including mercury, this past Thursday, I was in the room. It’s difficult to say which emotion filled the conference room more — joy or excitement. There was plenty of both.
    This decision had been many years in […]

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    Making Argentine Mining Sustainable

    Sunday, February 1st, 2009

    Argentina’s Secretary of Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development (SAyDS), Homero Bibiloni, recently met with the Mining Secretary, Jorge Mayoral, to discuss joint efforts to make mining in that country more environmentally sustainable.
    As well they should: in recent months the environmental reputation of the nation’s mining sector has taken a pounding.  Recently the provinces of Chubut, […]

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    Ecomoto Comes to Colombia

    Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Motorola’s take-back program for cell phones (and two-way communicators) and their batteries and accessories (chargers, cords, earphones, etc.), ECOMOTO, has now expanded in Latin America from Brazil to Colombia. Designated collection points established in Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga and Pereira will accept used cell phones, two-way radios, their batteries […]

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    Gold Mining in Guyana (Re)visited

    Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

    In an earlier post I examined a diagnosis of the environmental and health problems posed by current practice in small- and medium-scale gold mining in Guyana and the recommendations for addressing those problems and improving the policing of mining practices.
    Guyana’s official news service, GINA, reports that last week Cabinet members ventured out to see if […]

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    Motorola Launches Cell Phone Take-Back Program in Latin America

    Saturday, July 28th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Motorola has announced that it is extending its take-back program to Latin America. Under the program, all Authorized Motorola Service locations in each country will have bins in which cell phones, two-way radios and accessories (chargers, wires, earphones) and batteries. Motorola began taking back cell phone batteries in Brazil 1999, […]

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    The Mercury Threat Posed by Mining in Guyana

    Monday, July 23rd, 2007

    Not long ago I discussed the various environmental and health challenges posed by gold mining in Guyana in the context of a Harvard study on the issue.
    Now comes word of a new study presented last week at workshop in Guyana co-sponsored by the Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST) and WWF on “Mercury Impact […]

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    Cleaning Up Gold Mining in Guyana

    Thursday, May 31st, 2007

    In March the International Human Rights Clinic of Harvard Law School‘s Human Rights Program (HRP) issued an indictment of the failings of Guyana’s gold mining regime and its adverse impacts on Amerindians in that country.
    With a catchy name like “All That Glitters,” the report’s PR caught the attention of several bloggers and regular media for […]

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    The Metals Industry Stance on Recycling and Recycled Content

    Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

    At the end of November a coalition of entities representing major segments of the mining and metals industries* issued a joint “Declaration on Recycling Principles.” As you may have discerned by now, everything having to do with waste and recycling interests me. I downloaded the Declaration, jotted notes and questions in a draft […]

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    A Free Online Library of Environmental Education Videos / Filmes para Educação Ambiental Grátis na Internet

    Saturday, March 24th, 2007

    This week the Brazilian Environment Ministry (MMA) announced the creation of an online “videoteca” (video library) of environmental education videos that have been made over the years with funding from the National Environment Fund (FNMA). The videos are free for download and use for non-commercial purposes. The first tranche of 80 videos and […]

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