The Many Dangers of Gold Mining in Guyana

August 04, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

“These men are panning for gold, but it can be extremely detrimental to their health.” In antiquity, mercury was considered a medicine. Today we know how toxic it really is. Only this year did environmental ministers at a UN summit agree to ban its use. But penniless gold miners often either don’t know the risks involved or have no other choice but to use the toxic metal. One case is Guyana in South America.