Peru Declares State of Emergency in Its Jungles Due to Rampant Mercury Poisoning
The environment ministry declared the emergency in 11 jungle districts near Peru's border with Brazil, after hair samples from local people revealed levels of mercury up to 16 times what is considered safe.
Peru Goes to the Polls Under the Shadow of Favorite Keiko Fujimori's Disgraced Dad
The daughter of imprisoned former hardline president Alberto Fujimori, Keiko is almost sure to win the vote but unlikely to obtain the 50 percent she would need to avoid facing the second-placed candidate in a runoff vote on June 5.
Sand: It's As Precious As Oil — And Its Extraction Is Destroying the World's Coasts and Rivers
Sand and gravel are the most-used natural resource after water — and the world consumes annually twice the amount of sediment carried by all the Earth's rivers.