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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: Dr. Jack Caravanos in Kabwe with the Guardian

Q & A with Dr. Jack Caravanos, Pure Earth’s Director of Research Jack traveled to Kabwe, Zambia, last month with The Guardian environment editor Damian Carrington and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Larry C. Price. The Guardian just published a front-page story as a … 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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Mothers In Some Of The World’s Worst Polluted Places (Photos)

* Honor Your Mom, Help a Mom. This Mother’s Day, let’s do something to help all these mothers on the frontlines of the pollution fight.  By making a gift today in honor of your mother, or buying her a gift … Continue reading

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Training Toxic Site Investigators In Senegal

Pure Earth regional director for Africa, Judith St. Fort, and senior program officer, Russell Dowling, recently returned to Senegal to help train local toxic site investigators as part of the Toxic Sites Identification Program (TSIP). Judith and Russell brought with them dozens … Continue reading

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Thank You For Supporting Our Heavy Metal Benefit Bash (Photos)

Thank you to all you “headbangers,” “lead singers” and “groupies,” and everyone who had a “front row seat” or “backstage pass” at our Heavy Metal Benefit Bash. You came, you dined, learned more about toxic heavy metals, and some of you … Continue reading

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See The Pure Earth Auction Collection, As Featured In Vogue

Mercury-free gold is in Vogue! In Why Mercury-Free Gold Is the Future of Sustainable Jewelry, Vogue magazine reported on Pure Earth’s collaboration with superstar model Molly Bair, and 21 leading designers to curate a special collection of jewelry crafted using recycled, Fairtrade, or … Continue reading

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Why Women Hold The Key To Fighting Pollution

Women are being left behind.  Women also hold the key. These were some of the conclusions reached at a recent meeting among representatives from the government, international agencies, civil organizations, and the media in Jakarta, Indonesia. “Women are usually in charge … Continue reading

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Database of World’s Polluted Sites Is Now Online

For more than a decade now, Pure Earth has been training and sending investigators out across the world’s worst polluted places to identify, assess and map contaminated sites that pose a health risk to communities. The effort, part of our Toxic … Continue reading

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