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Gold Mining Companies in Ghana Take Land, Poison Water

Jewelry News | Mon, Jan 10, 2011

Earlier last year, we wrote about a cyanide spill at the Ahafo mine in Ghana. That incident, apparently, was hardly an isolated case. A recent human rights report describes a broad pattern of irresponsible and unethical business practices by gold ...

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Financial Overhaul Bill Takes Aim at Dirty Gold

Jewelry News | Wed, Aug 18, 2010

The financial regulatory bill signed into law by President Obama last month primarily aims to overhaul the guidelines that govern Wall Street. While we will leave it to the political pundits and the economists to provide commentary on the bill’s ...

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Fair Trade Gold Takes a Leap Forward

Jewelry News | Wed, Mar 31, 2010

A hugely important milestone has been reached in the effort to create a supply of fair trade certified gold. Thanks to a promising new initiative announced recently, thousands of artisanal gold miners in developing countries will soon be able to sell ...

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Most Eco-Friendly Gold Mining Company Still Spills Cyanide

Jewelry News | Tue, Feb 16, 2010

Gold mining companies have a terrible track record when it comes to the environment. But among the major industry players, Newmont Mining Co. has refused to be typecast. In 2007, the Denver-based company became the first gold mining company to be ...

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Water near Honduran Gold Mine has Acidity of Vinegar

Jewelry News | Mon, Dec 28, 2009

A new report has found evidence that a gold mine in Central America, now in the process of being closed, may leave a bitter legacy. The San Martin mine, in the Siria Valley of Honduras, is operated by Goldcorp, one of the world’s largest gold ...

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60 Minutes Report: Gold Mining Fuels Deadly Conflict in Congo

Jewelry News | Wed, Dec 23, 2009

Media attention to the problem of “conflict diamonds” has raised public awareness about the negative social and environmental consequences associated with diamond mining. Less media attention has been given to gold mining and how, as with ...

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Demand for Action on Nicaragua Gold Mine

Jewelry News | Wed, May 27, 2009

Canadian-US mining giant, Goldcorp, plans to close its enormous San Martin gold mine in Honduras at the end of 2009. The Honduran government and numerous independent organizations are now demanding that the company take responsibility for damage the ...

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Important New Film: The Money Stone

Jewelry News | Thu, Apr 16, 2009

The Money Stone is a feature-length documentary by Stuart Harmon about the lives of artisanal gold miners, or “galamseys,” in Ghana. The film is currently in the final stages of post-production, and we look forward to seeing it. It ...

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Stimulus Package Raises Hopes for Mine Cleanup

Jewelry News | Wed, Feb 25, 2009

  The economic stimulus package that President Obama signed on Tuesday contains more than $1.5 billion for construction and maintenance projects by the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and the Forest Service. Proposed ...

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Big Step Forward for Fair Trade Gold

Jewelry News | Fri, Feb 13, 2009

An important step has been taken to increase the availability of independently certified fair trade gold on the international market. Ethically sourced gold may soon join the ranks of increasingly popular third party fair trade certified products, ...

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