Gold mining is a key source of income in Mongolia, but it can often be a dirty business. An effort by small, independent miners to switch to a non-toxic processing method is improving the outlook for their health and the local environment.
Rodrigo Tot helped his community win a landmark court decision that ordered the government to issue land titles to the Q’eqchi people and put environmental safeguards in place to stop destructive nickel mining in the region.
Bolivian President Evo Morales is staking his bid for a third term on improving the lot of his poorest citizens. But many of those poor Bolivians work in mines, where conditions are deadly and there's little sign that anything is set to improve.
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