Gold mining is expanding rapidly in Amazonia, like in many regions. Madre de Dios, Perú — one of the highest biodiversity regions on our planet — is a major case in point. Here is a link to a report out today on gold mining in Madre de Dios, along with Carnegie’s press release, some media links, and a video that Greg Asner shot from the CAO during one overflight with their Peruvian Ministry of Environment partners.
PNAS paper - open access
See the gold mining for yourself (CAO wingcams)
Carnegie press release:
Gold Mining Ravages Perú
Some media links:
I also recommend watching Amazon Gold — a documentary on the gold mining problem in Peru, directed and produced by Sarah DuPont and the Amazon Aid Foundation.
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University