“Together with BigAgri land pollution, River Pollution, Plastic oceans, Chemtrails, it definitely looks like we the people have allowed the Industrial Complex to poison our biosphere. We deserve it all for trusting greedy people.”
UNIDO estimates that mercury amalgamation from this kind of gold mining results in the release of an estimated 1,000 tons of mercury per year, which constitutes about 30 percent of the world’s anthropogenic mercury emissions. It is estimated that between 10 and 15 million artisanal and small-scale gold miners worldwide, including 4.5 million women and 600,000 children .
According to UNIDO, as much as 95 percent of all mercury used in artisanal gold mining is released into the environment, creating a danger on all fronts—economic, environmental and human health (2005). Covered by the 2008 World’s Worst Polluted Places Report, ASM still threatens today’s world environment and public health.
The good news at the damaged Oroville dam is that the water level dropping rapidly ahead of the coming storm. The problem is that the erosion at the head of the emergency spillway threatens to undermine the concrete wall and allow large, uncontrolled releases of water.
Following a woefully belated response by California authorities’ to the dangerous situation unfolding at the Lake Oroville Dam in Northern California over the weekend, an evacuation order forcing some 200,000 people living below the tallest dam in the US remained in place early on Monday after residents were abruptly told to flee when a spillway appeared in danger of collapse.