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BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/MINING
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14 Sep. 2017
Informal mining in Brazil is seen by many as a scourge... more
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/MINING
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14 Sep. 2017
CREPURIZAO, Brazil
Informal mining in Brazil is seen by many as a scourge polluting the Amazon rainforest, poisoning indigenous tribes and robbing the nation of its wealth. For others it is a way of life. Brazilian garimpos, or wildcat mines, are operated by small crews of men, often caked in red-brown mud and working with rudimentary pans, shovels and sluice boxes that have been used for centuries. More sophisticated operations use water cannons and boats sucking mud from the bottoms of rivers. Regardless of the method, searching for gold and other minerals like cassiterite and niobium is dirty, dangerous and often illegal. "Looking for gold is like playing in a casino," said a 48-year-old miner. Miners asked not to be named, saying they feared the police as much of their work is illegal. Garimpos are in the spotlight as Brazil debates opening an area known as Renca in the northern Amazon forest to mining, which has met with stiff resistance from environmentalists. Mines and Energy Minister Fernando Coelho Filho argues that licensed mining will be an improvement over the estimated 1,000 people currently mining in the reserve illegally. Crepurizao lies hundreds of miles south of Renca, but gives a window into life in the garimpos caught up in the debate. Living in makeshift homes of wood and plastic, miners in the area ship some 60 kilograms of gold per month, according to traders. That much pure gold is worth millions of dollars on the global market, but high costs and layers of traders in the local market leave most miners living on the brink of poverty. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WILDCAT MINING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/MINING
USA-POLITICS/NETROOTS
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12 Aug. 2017
American environmentalist Tom Steyer speaks at the... more
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12 Aug. 2017
American environmentalist Tom Steyer speaks at the... more
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12 Aug. 2017
American environmentalist Tom Steyer speaks at the... more
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12 Aug. 2017
People react as environmentalist Tom Steyer speaks... more
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Brazil's new oil frontier threatens Amazon reef
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PHILIPPINES-MINING/
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11 May. 2017
Newly appointed Environment Minister Roy Cimatu listens... more
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10 May. 2017
Newly appointed Environment Minister Roy Cimatu holds... more
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10 May. 2017
Newly appointed Environment Minister Roy Cimatu listens... more
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10 May. 2017
Newly appointed Environment Minister Roy Cimatu listens... more
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10 May. 2017
Newly appointed Environment Minister Roy Cimatu speaks... more
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10 May. 2017
Newly appointed Environment Minister Roy Cimatu holds... more
FRANCE-ELECTION/
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5 May. 2017
Activists from the environmentalist group Greenpeace... more
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5 May. 2017
Activists from the environmentalist group Greenpeace... more
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5 May. 2017
Activists from the environmentalist group Greenpeace... more
FRANCE-ELECTION/GREENPEACE-EIFFEL
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5 May. 2017
A ballet dancer attends a photo shooting as activists... more
FRANCE-ELECTION/GREENPEACE-EIFFEL
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5 May. 2017
A woman passes by as activists from the environmentalist... more
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5 May. 2017
Activists from the environmentalist group Greenpeace... more
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5 May. 2017
Activists from the environmentalist group Greenpeace... more
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5 May. 2017
People walk at Trocadero square as activists from the... more
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5 May. 2017
A dancer attends a photo shooting as activists from... more
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5 May. 2017
A dancer attends a photo shooting as activists from... more
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5 May. 2017
A ballet dancer attends a photo shooting as activists... more
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5 May. 2017
Tourists walk at Trocadero square as activists from... more
COLOMBIA-ENVIRONMENT
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29 Mar. 2017
A group of environmentalists place gas masks on the... more
COLOMBIA-ENVIRONMENT
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29 Mar. 2017
A group of environmentalists place gas masks on the... more
COLOMBIA-ENVIRONMENT
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29 Mar. 2017
A group of environmentalists place gas masks on the... more
COLOMBIA-ENVIRONMENT
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29 Mar. 2017
A group of environmentalists place gas masks on the... more
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29 Mar. 2017
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29 Mar. 2017
A group of environmentalists place gas masks on the... more
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29 Mar. 2017
A group of environmentalists place gas masks on the... more
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29 Mar. 2017
A group of environmentalists place gas masks on the... more
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29 Mar. 2017
A group of environmentalists place gas masks on the... more
SOUTHCHINA SEA-PHIIPPINES/CHINA
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21 Nov. 2016
Former Philippine President and staunch environmentalist... more
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21 Nov. 2016
Former Philippine President and staunch environmentalist... more
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21 Nov. 2016
Former Philippine President and staunch environmentalist... more
SOUTHCHINA SEA-PHIIPPINES/CHINA
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21 Nov. 2016
Former Philippine President and staunch environmentalist... more
INDIA-ANIMALS/
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9 Nov. 2016
Forest officials lift an injured Asiatic elephant,... more
KENYA-WILDLIFE/ELEPHANT COLLARS
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2 Nov. 2016
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the International... more
KENYA-WILDLIFE/ELEPHANT COLLARS
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2 Nov. 2016
A Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) ranger assists a male... more
KENYA-WILDLIFE/ELEPHANT COLLARS
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2 Nov. 2016
A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger stands guard... more
KENYA-WILDLIFE/ELEPHANT COLLARS
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2 Nov. 2016
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the International... more
KENYA-WILDLIFE/ELEPHANT COLLARS
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2 Nov. 2016
A Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) ranger falls as she... more
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2 Nov. 2016
Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) rangers run for safety... more
KENYA-WILDLIFE/ELEPHANT COLLARS
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2 Nov. 2016
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director General Kitili... more
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2 Nov. 2016
A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) scientist holds an elephant... more
KENYA-WILDLIFE/ELEPHANT COLLARS
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2 Nov. 2016
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the International... more
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2 Nov. 2016
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the International... more
KENYA-WILDLIFE/ELEPHANT COLLARS
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2 Nov. 2016
A International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) scientist... more
KENYA-WILDLIFE/ELEPHANT COLLARS
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2 Nov. 2016
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the International... more
KENYA-WILDLIFE/ELEPHANT COLLARS
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2 Nov. 2016
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the International... more
USA-ENVIRONMENT/OCEANS
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16 Sep. 2016
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and actor-environmentalist... more
USA-ENVIRONMENT/OCEANS
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16 Sep. 2016
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and actor-environmentalist... more
USA-ENVIRONMENT/OCEANS
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16 Sep. 2016
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and actor-environmentalist... more
USA-ENVIRONMENT/OCEANS
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16 Sep. 2016
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and actor-environmentalist... more
USA-ENVIRONMENT/OCEANS
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16 Sep. 2016
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and actor-environmentalist... more
USA-ENVIRONMENT/OCEANS
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16 Sep. 2016
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and actor-environmentalist... more
USA-ENVIRONMENT/OCEANS
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16 Sep. 2016
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and actor-environmentalist... more
USA-MYANMAR/
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15 Sep. 2016
The Washington Monument provides a backdrop as Myanmar's... more
USA-MYANMAR/
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15 Sep. 2016
Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (2nd R)... more
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