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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.

1223: 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

Report (2197)