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Meet The Maqques: A Family Of Gold Miners Going Mercury Free So They Can Work Together Safely

Earlier this year, Pure Earth launched an ambitious project in Peru, supported by Brilliant Earth, the global leader in ethically sourced fine jewelry.  The goal: to transform the Chichiqueros artisanal gold mining community into a mercury-free model.  The Chichiqueros work in an area in … Continue reading

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Notes From The Field: Irrigation Canal Delivers Poison To Entire Village of Naiman, Kyrgyzstan

  This post is from Indira Zhakipova, Pure Earth’s coordinator in Kyrgyzstan The village of Naiman is inhabited by 1,800 people, and is located in the Nookat district of the Osh region of Kyrgyzstan, 70 km from the regional center … Continue reading

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Notes From The Field: The Toxic Lakes Of Azerbaijan

There are over 200 lakes in the Absheron Peninsular in Azerbaijan, located near the capital of Baku. For years, industrial and household wastewater has been dumped into these waters–an estimated 41.5 million cubic meters annually! This includes discharges from many of … Continue reading

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Mongolia Update: Revisiting Miners We Trained

Remember Mrs. Mungun? She was the “gold ninja” who learned to go mercury-free at a Pure Earth training workshop so she could provide a better life for her two children. We met Mrs. Mungun again recently and we’re delighted to report that she’s … Continue reading

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Minamata Convention Enters Into Force Aug 16: Pure Earth Helps Lay Groundwork With Guide For Governments

Next month, Pure Earth will join 1,000 delegates and around 50 government leaders in Switzerland to mark the passage of the Minamata Convention and work on next steps. Pure Earth’s guide to identifying, assessing and managing mercury-contaminated sites has been … Continue reading

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A Personal Story Of Pollution In Azerbaijan, And A Childhood Caught Between Polluted And Clean

This post comes from Rovshan Abbasov, Pure Earth’s country coordinator in Azerbaijan. Rovshan shares his story about pollution in Azerbaijan, and a childhood caught between clean and polluted. My name is Rovshan Abbasov. Currently, I am head of the Environmental Research Centre … Continue reading

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Looking For Lead? No Problem! Quickest Discovery In Two Decades

  This post is from Andrew McCartor, Pure Earth’s Regional Director for South Asia. Finding and confirming pollution can be difficult because polluters don’t advertise their activities, and many toxic pollutants are invisible and thus require sophisticated equipment to analyze. Pure Earth … Continue reading

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Transforming The Chichiqueros Gold Mining Community In Peru’s Rainforest Into A Mercury-Free Model

  Earlier this year, Pure Earth launched an ambitious project supported by Brilliant Earth, the global leader in ethically sourced fine jewelry.  The goal: to transform the Chichiqueros artisanal gold mining community into a mercury-free model.  The Chichiqueros work in an area in … Continue reading

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Notes From The Field: A Week In The Life Of A Pure Earth Staffer In The Philippines

  What is it like to be a pollution fighter for Pure Earth? We followed Lara Crampe (above), Pure Earth’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia, during a recent week-long trip to the Philippines, where she met with local partners, visited … Continue reading

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Pollution Warrior Profile: Umed in Tajikistan Saves Families From Toxic Landowner

When homes started being built on a highly-contaminated site in Jami district, Khatlon region, Pure Earth’s coordinator in Tajikistan, Ulugov Umidjon Amonovichis, fondly known as Umed, sprung into action. Umed informed the local authorities and presented them with all the environmental assessment data he and team members had collected via Pure Earth’s TSIP program. Understanding the threat posed to the families living in these new homes, the authorities, on the spot, reversed a 2014 approval allowing the land owner to lease property and are prosecuting him for knowingly putting residents health at risk. Continue reading

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