Illegal mining in Brazil: Danger for locals, resources for tech companies

“These mining operations are poisoning enormous rivers — that millions of people depend on — with mercury and other chemicals. The mercury then contaminates fish that people eat. And then they get cardiovascular diseases. Children have development problems. So it's really pushing these communities to the edge,” says New York Times writer Manuela Andreoni about illegal mining operations in the Brazilian Amazon. Photo by Shutterstock.

People are illegally mining the Amazon rainforest for gold and tin ore. Some of those elements are going to Google and Apple. The mines are threatening Indigenous communities.

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