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Mercury as a health hazard due to gold mining and mineral processing activities in Mindanao/Philippines: Final report

The heavy metal mercury is a health hazard (mercury = Hg). It is widely used in processing gold ore in third world countries like Brazil or the Philippines. Our project run by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization – UNIDO, the Institute of Forensic Medicine of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Davao, Philippines, investigated the risk of using mercury in a gold rush area on the Philippines. The project was to evaluate the influence of the mercury burden on the local population and the extent of the possible health effects.

Removal of Barriers to the Introduction of Cleaner Artisanal Mining and Extraction Technologies

07 May 2010

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Mercury as a health hazard due to gold mining and mineral processing activities in Mindanao/Philippines: Final report.pdf

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