Effect of gold mining on the environment

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Tons of gold mined

Globally, this year

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Tons of gold mined

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The effect of gold mining on...
the environment is more severe than you might think. It destroys the homes of native people and the gold is sometimes mined by children even though it is very dangerous and toxic work.

Top 5 facts about gold mining

1

2,700 tons a year

Every year the world produces an amount of gold that would fit into a cube of about 5 meters on each side.


2

Gold history

Human history has produced 161,000 tons of gold. This is a lot, but the world pours the same amount of steel in just 75 minutes.


3

Gold is ruthless business

Half of the gold produced is currently mined in areas that traditionally are home to native people. The land rights of these people are often not recognized and many are forced to leave.


4

Child gold miners

Gold mining is extremely dangerous work for children. Yet still today, tens of thousands are found in the small-scale gold mines of Africa, Asia and South America.


5

The waste produced in gold mining is shocking !

On average, only 0.00001% of the ore that is mined is refined into gold. The remaining 99.9999% is waste - much of it is highly toxic.



Gold mining

2,700 tons of gold was produced in 2012.


2,700 tons a year

Gold history

Gold is ruthless business

Child gold miners

The waste produced in gold mining is shocking !

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