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Study finds dangerous mercury levels in Amazon fish

S - Nearly one-third of the fish in the Brazilian Amazon state of Amapa have such high levels of mercury caused by illegal mining that they are dangerous for human consumption, according to a new study.

One year on, Brazil town remembers 270 killed in dam breach

Brumadinho - Residents of Brumadinho in southeastern Brazil paid homage on Saturday to the 270 people killed one year ago when a nearby dam burst, spewing millions of tons of mining waste over homes and farmland in one of the country's worst industrial accidents.

Brazil's Bolsonaro ready to legalize mining on indigenous land

S - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday his government was preparing to legalize mining on indigenous land and defended plans to expand farming in the same areas.

Drainage issues caused Brazil mining dam tragedy, say experts

Bras - The collapse of a massive tailings dam in Brazil was caused by the accumulation of water and lack of drainage, although the facilities did not previously show signs of instability, according to a report commissioned by the dam's owner and published Thu...

Ghost towns emerge from toxic mud of Brazil mining disaster

Mariana - Four years ago a dam holding back mining waste collapsed, triggering the worst environmental disaster in Brazil's history.

Peru fighting mining pollution with little green algae

- Scientists in Peru have removed small green algae from polluted lakes and rivers in a bid to strengthen them with nutrients and oxygen before returning them to purify those water bodies from harmful mining waste.

Peru opens military base to protect Amazon from deforestation

Tambopata - Peru opened a military base in the Amazon on Tuesday in a bid to tackle illegal mining, the main culprit for deforestation in the world's largest rainforest.

Brazil dam collapse toll rises to 84, mining firm's output to be hit

Brumadinho - The death toll from the collapse of a Brazilian dam rose to 84 on Tuesday as mining giant Vale announced that moves to dismantle similar structures would hit production.

Peruvian Amazon undergoing deforestation at accelerating pace: official

- The Peruvian Amazon lost nearly two million hectares (five million acres) of forest between 2001 and 2016, or more than 123,000 hectares (300,000 acres) a year, figures made public Tuesday by the ministry of the environment.

Scramble for survivors as quake flattens Mexico City buildings

Mexico - When the earthquake hit, it sent panicked people running into the street but many weren't so lucky. The dust settled minutes later to reveal a landscape of flattened buildings and rubble in the heart of Mexico City."Awful.
 

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