Amazon gold mining drives malaria surges among Indigenous peoples

The troubling connection between deforestation, mining, and malaria is poised to create especially bad outbreaks in 2020.

The "Garimpo do Juma"—a gold mine on the Juma River in Apuí, Brazil—spreads over 10 hectares and was hollowed out to 25 meters deep. Deforestation, a consequence of mining, is irreversible. March 2008.
Photograph by Emiliano Mancuso, Contrasto/Redux

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