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Last Year’s Goldman Prize Winner Was Murdered. Could This Year’s Winner Be Next?

Foreign Policy | Megan Alpert

April 27, 2016
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Máxima Acuña, the Peruvian campesina who just won a Goldman Prize for blocking a gold mine in rural Peru, broke down in tears as she described watching workers from the Yanacocha mining company run over eight of her sheep in their trucks four years ago. “I’m not crying out of cowardice, and I’m not crying because people feel bad for me,”  she told Foreign Policy in an interview last week in Washington. “I’m crying because of everything that I’ve suffered.”

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The true price of gold

Al Jazeera America | Laura LeBlanc

June 4, 2015
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Lately, I seem to be getting the same message from a variety of different stories I’m pursuing.  That message is about the disconnectedness of the consumer – that everyday, we buy, use, consume and throw away things without any idea of the true cost, beyond the money we actually shelled out. Were the workers who picked these strawberries exposed to dangerous pesticides? Did the wood in my bedside come from a forest that was clear cut, destroying the habitat of untold creatures? Could the light I just switched on in the kitchen be contributing to asthma rates among children in a neighborhood next to a coal fired power plant?

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150,000 Stand With Peruvian Woman in Fight Against World’s Largest Gold Mine

EcoWatch | Erik Hoffner

April 23, 2015
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Community activists from Cajamarca, Peru appeared at the annual shareholders’ meeting of Denver-based Newmont Mining Corporation this week to deliver a petition bearing 150,000 signatures protesting the company’s practices in the region, and demanded that it live up to its own goals for human rights and sustainability.

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Tagged with: mining, international, peru, newmont, conga, maxima, agm, maxima acuna de chaupe


Gold Jewelry’s Dirty Environmental Secret

Discover Magazine | Karen Emslie

February 14, 2015
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Gold is a modern expression of love, and every Valentine’s Day thousands of shoppers browse boutique windows full of the stuff. Over 90 countries mine the gold that is fashioned into jewelry, with China currently topping the exporter tables (though as illegal exports are rampant in some countries, exact figures are hard to pin down).

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The myth of ethical gold

New Internationalist | Stephanie Boyd

September 16, 2014
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Modern goldmining has developed a Midas touch, turning low-grade deposits into vast wealth but with devastating consequences: over 900 farmers poisoned by a mercury spill in the mountains of Peru; Akyim indigenous people from Ghana forced from their forest homeland; an Indonesian bay and fishing community contaminated by arsenic and mercury; the Western Shoshone nation in Nevada deprived of their treaty rights and ancestral land.

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No Dirty Gold campaign draws another major convert

Mineweb | Dorothy Kosich

July 3, 2014
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BJ’s Wholesale Club, with 202 locations in 15 eastern U.S. states has endorsed Washington D.C.-based environmental NGO Earthworks No Dirty Gold’s Golden Rules.

The No Dirty Gold campaign asks jewelry retailers to pledge to source only from mines who meet the Golden Rules criteria.

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Sitting On a Gold Mine: How Fairtrade Gold Mining in Tanzania Is Set to Change the Jewelry Sector

CSR Newswire | Marc Choyt

June 25, 2014
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In early May, I visited small-scale gold miners in Tanzania who are seeking fair trade certification.

On site, I met with colleagues in from England and Fair Trade Africa, who have been working hard over the past two years to build an understanding of fairtrade* standards and principals with the miners on site. The purpose of the visit was also to bring jewelers and miners together to discuss what was needed to bring fairtrade African gold to market.

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Jewelry gets eco-friendly

Poughkeepsie Journal | Karen Shan

June 8, 2014
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David Walton buys goods made in America. He bicycles to destinations when possible and eats a vegetarian diet.

Plus, Walton, a designer and crafter of fine jewelry and owner/goldsmith of Hudson Valley Goldsmith in New Paltz, uses recycled precious metals, reclaimed stones and conflict-free gems in the design and fabrication of his bracelets, necklaces and rings.

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Peru’s Conga Mine Conflict: Cajamarca Won’t Capitulate

Upsidedown World | Lynda Sullivan

May 1, 2014
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The fight over the Conga mining project is one of Peru’s largest current social conflicts.   Today, the local population continues resisting the imposition of one of Latin America`s largest gold mining projects – Minas Conga. The situation remains tense, and the resistance continues, but with an intensified sense of urgency because as the battles are won and lost, many feel that the conflict is nearing its conclusion.

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Are lab-grown gems the key to a sustainable diamond trade?

The Guardian | Leigh Stringer

April 29, 2014
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Long a staple of the industrial diamond industry, laboratory-created diamonds only represent about 2% of the jewelry market. Increasingly, however, they are becoming a force to be reckoned with: some producers have achieved "type IIa" quality, the purest form produced in nature. Only 2% of the global production of mined diamonds qualify for this rating.

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A golden opportunity

Corporate Knights | Stephanie Boyd

April 27, 2014
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Raul Chavez has spent nearly 30 years toiling for gold in the parched rocky hills of Peru’s southern desert highlands. He is small, muscular and deeply bronzed from years of tough physical labour under the hot sun, but he laughs and jokes about the hardships of his early years as a miner.

In the 1980s, thousands of indigenous peasants like Chavez were forced to leave their homes and farms because of Peru’s civil war, coupled with an agricultural crisis and job shortages. Some of these internal refugees set up shop in abandoned mines, or areas where gold had already been discovered. Their equipment was rudimentary and conditions were precarious.

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The Environmental Disaster That is the Gold Industry

Smithsonian Magazine | Alastair Bland

February 14, 2014
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A global campaign to boycott what activists are calling “dirty gold” gained its 100th official follower three days before Valentine’s Day.   

The pledge was launched in 2004 by the environmental group Earthworks, which has asked retail companies not to carry gold that was produced through environmentally and socially destructive mining practices. Eight of the ten largest jewelry retailers in the United States have now made the pledge, including Tiffany & Co., Target and Helzberg Diamonds. The No Dirty Gold campaign is anchored in its “golden rules,” a set of criteria encouraging the metal mining industry to respect human rights and the natural environment.

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Ask Umbra: What should I get my sweetie for Valentine’s Day?

Grist | Umbra Fisk

February 13, 2014
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Q. Valentine’s Day seems to have become a sustainability-conscious guy’s minefield. Flowers? Pesticides. Chocolate? Is it Fair Trade? Jewelry? Is it conflict-free? Were the precious metals extracted without wrecking the environment? If I want to give my wife something that she will always have (rather than an experience like a nice dinner out) how can I be sure that a piece of gold jewelry doesn’t bear a heavy environmental burden?

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Valentine’s Day: Go Green, From Dinner to Ringtones

Ecowatch | Nicole D'Alessandro

February 11, 2014
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Bursting with love for a special someone, but don’t want to give in to the marketing surrounding Valentine’s Day and all the disposal gifts that go along with it? Or looking for a unique, nature-inspired way to express your feelings? Then check out some of these tips.

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The untold story of the Pacific Islands

The Guardian | Dan Gay

November 20, 2013
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A dead pig lolls among the flotsam on South Tarawa beach. No children play in the water – unusual in the Pacific islands, where a childhood spent splashing in the ocean is an age-old rite. In Kiribati's capital, years of poor waste disposal coupled with overpopulation and a limited supply of water have polluted the lagoon, making it too dirty to swim in. Over 50,000 people crowd into 2,500 acres, a population density twice as high as that of New York.

Although the Pacific islands are well-known as the first casualties ofclimate change, a tale less often told is of the environmental and energycrisis at home.

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Who’s to blame for Peru’s gold mining troubles?

The New Yorker | Stephanie Boyd

October 28, 2013

Thirteen years ago, I flew to the state of Madre de Dios, in Peru’s southeastern Amazon jungle, and was mesmerized by the view from my plane’s window: a vast forest canopy stretching to the horizon. The purpose of my visit was to check out the recently created Tambopata National Reserve, a two-hundred-and-seventy-five-hectare protected area and surrounding buffer zone, created to preserve one of the Amazon’s most biodiverse zones from gold mining and other destructive practices.

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Why Miners Walked Away From the Planet’s Richest Undeveloped Gold Deposit

Businessweek | Brad Wieners

September 27, 2013
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Before pulling out of the Pebble Mine project last week, Anglo American (AAUKY), one of the world’s biggest mining companies, had invested six years and at least $541 million—in a partnership with Vancouver-based Northern Dynasty Minerals (NAK)—to develop the site in southwestern Alaska. Wait, pause on that number for a sec: $541 million. That’s right, the London-based multinational and its U.S. subsidiary (AA Pebble) just forfeited a return on more than half a billion dollars of its shareholders’ money. By the end of its 60-day withdrawal from the project (mid-November), that figure will probably end up closer to $580 million. Anglo American has also indicated it will write down a $300 million loss (misreported as a “penalty” elsewhere) to remove the proposed mine as an asset from its books.

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We're Loving These Hoop Earrings From Jewelry Designer Melissa Joy Manning That Are Sustainable AND Benefit Charity!

Glamour | Amy Wicks

August 21, 2013
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Fashion designers are more focused than ever on sustainability and finding ways to be aware of the environment and the materials used to create your favorite looks. But they aren't the only ones. Jewelry designers are also finding ways to bring your favorite trends to light, in the most eco-friendly way possible.

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Mother’s Day gifts? It’s complicated.

Riverhead Local | Laurie Nigro

May 11, 2013
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What do you get a 'pain the arse' for Mother's Day, anyway? Our frugal naturalist admits she's not easy to please. Some free or low-cost ideas for making this Mother's Day special.

I don't like cut flowers. I'm not sure who came up with the idea of killing a beautiful, vibrant plant and presenting this bundle of death as a gift, but I find the whole idea a bit repulsive. When they are in my house, I become a little more depressed each day, watching these dead posies evolve into rotted and decayed flora. The only good part is when I put them in the compost bin so their death will not be in vain.

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UN must challenge Canada’s complicity in mining’s human rights abuses

The Guardian | Meera Karunananthan

April 24, 2013
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Canada is scheduled for its universal periodic review (UPR) at the UN human rights council on 26 April. The UPR is an international mechanism established in 2006 to hold governments accountable for their human rights records. According to Ban Ki-moon, the review has the potential "to promote and protect human rights in the darkest corners of the world".

When Canada stands before the UN to have its "darkest corners" examined, the international community must not turn a blind eye to its complicity with a global mining industry whose corporations are among the worst human rights and environmental offenders in the world.

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Tempers flare in hearing over new Resolution Copper land-swap bill

Cronkite News | Michelle Peirano

March 21, 2013
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WASHINGTON – A four-hour congressional hearing grew testy Thursday as House members considered a bill to swap thousands of acres of private and federal land to make way for a massive copper mine in Southeast Arizona.

The bill to trade land near Superior with Resolution Copper Mining, passed the House last year but stalled in the Senate, and is back now for an eighth year.

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Dirty gold: The seamier side of mining

Nature | Brian Owens

March 14, 2013
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Gold mining can be a dirty business, both environmentally and ethically. Extracting gold from the mined ore creates a huge amount of waste — roughly 20 tonnes of mining waste to make a single 18-carat ring containing less than 10 grams of gold, according to an estimate from Earthworks, an environmental watchdog based in Washington, DC. What's more, many small-scale operations in the developing world make use of child labour, and can support civil wars or local warlords.

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Valentine’s Day Dark Side

Daily Sundial | Benjamin Andrews

February 13, 2013
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Each year, Feb. 14 brings joy into the hearts (and cash into the pockets) of jewelry store owners, flowers shops, greeting card companies, candy manufactures and restaurant owners. However, this day of love also comes with some severe consequences for our planet and fellow humans. Valentine’s Day’s global carbon footprint, alienating psychological effects and out-of-control demand for luxury products that exploits the third world, earn it a well deserved rebuke. Consider this an FU Sweetheart candy to one of my least favorite days.

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Releases of Toxic Chemicals Increased By 8 Percent in 2011, EPA Data Show

BNA | Andrea Vittorio

January 18, 2013
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Total releases and transfers of toxic chemicals in the United States increased by 8 percent from 2010 to 2011 to 4.09 billion pounds, according to a data analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency released Jan. 16.

The rise in releases is mainly from increases in land disposal at metal mines, where small changes in the composition of the ore being mined can lead to big changes in the amount of toxic chemicals reported nationally, EPA said. Smaller increases in releases occurred in the hazardous waste management sector.

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SEC passes conflict minerals rule; impact unclear

National Jeweler

August 27, 2012
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Washington, D.C.--The Securities and Exchange Commission voted 3-2 on Wednesday morning to implement the “conflict” minerals provision of the Dodd-Frank Act. The provision requires publicly traded companies to determine and disclose if they use minerals, including gold and tungsten, that originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or one of nine neighboring countries and financed or benefitted armed groups there.

The provision dictates that companies that use any of the designated minerals conduct a country of origin inquiry on their minerals or use minerals that are from scrap and recycled sources.

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SEC Approves Conflict Mineral & Extraction Rules

Resource Investor | Philip Burgert

August 22, 2012
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The so-called “conflict mineral” requirement – aimed primarily at users of tantalum, tin, gold and tungsten – is intended to make companies accountable for buying minerals sold to fund fighting in the DRC as part of efforts to discourage human rights abuses in that war-torn country.

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Prospectors ready to tap Haiti’s buried gold

Business Week | Martha Mendoza

May 11, 2012
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Its capital is blighted with earthquake rubble. Its countryside is shorn of trees, chopped down for fuel. And yet, Haiti's land may hold the key to relieving centuries of poverty, disaster and disease: There is gold hidden in its hills -- and silver and copper, too.

A flurry of exploratory drilling in the past year has found precious metals worth potentially $20 billion deep below the tropical ridges in the country's northeastern mountains. Now, a mining company is drilling around the clock to determine how to get those metals out.

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Mining Pollutes the World’s Waterways

Care2 | Gina-Marie Cheeseman

March 28, 2012
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Mining companies are clearly not protecting the waterways near their mining operations. Mining companies dump more than 180 million tons of hazardous waste each year into rivers, lakes and oceans worldwide, according to a report by Earthworks and MiningWatch Canada. The amount of mine waste dumped a year is 1.5 times as much as all the municipal waste dumped in the U.S. landfills in 2009.

Mine processing wastes, called tailings, contain up to three dozen dangerous chemicals including arsenic, lead, mercury and processing chemicals like acids and cyanide. Waste rock, the extra rock that does not contain significant amounts of ore, can also produce acid and toxic contamination.

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Food industry asks EPA to protect Bristol Bay seafood source

Juneau Empire | Russell Stigall

March 13, 2012
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The agency representing 75 percent of U.S. retail food store sales has sided with the Environmental Protection Agency in its ongoing assessment of Bristol Bay waters.

Erik Lieberman, regulatory counsel for the Food Marketing Institute wrote a letter to EPA’s Region 10 administrator encouraging the agency to complete its 404(c) report, scheduled to be released in April.

The letter was dated March 1 and can be found at bit.ly/OBB-FMI-letter). Earthworks released the letter in a press release Monday.

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Miners accused of using oceans as garbage dump

ABC Australia | Matt Peacock

March 13, 2012
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ELEANOR HALL: Now to the call by an international coalition of environmentalists for global mining companies to stop dumping millions of tonnes of waste into the world's oceans.

A study by the US-based Earthworks and the Canadian group MiningWatch reveals that each year more than 180 million tonnes of hazardous mine waste is dumped into oceans, rivers and lakes of the world.

The groups warn that this is causing irreversible health effects for sea life and for the human populations that feed off it.

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Dwindling Resources Trigger Global Land Rush

Alternet | Stephen Leahy

March 1, 2012
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UXBRIDGE, Canada, Mar 1 (IPS) - A global scramble for land and mineral resources fuelled by billions of investment dollars is threatening the last remaining wilderness and critical ecosystems, destroying communities and contaminating huge volumes of fresh water, warned environmental groups in London Wednesday.No national park, delicate ecosystem or community is off limits in the voracious hunt for valuable metals, minerals and fossil fuels, said the Gaia Foundation's report, "Opening Pandora's Box". The intensity of the hunt and exploitation is building to a fever pitch despite the fact the Earth is already overheated and humanity is using more than can be sustained, the 56-page report warns.

"We're calling for a global moratorium on large-scale new mining, extraction and prospecting," said Teresa Anderson of The Gaia Foundation, an international NGO headquartered in London, UK that works with local communities.

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Toxic Mine Waste Threatens World’s Waters

EcoWatch

February 28, 2012
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Each year, mining companies dump more than 180 million tonnes of hazardous mine waste into rivers, lakes, and oceans worldwide, threatening vital bodies of water with toxic heavy metals and other chemicals poisonous to humans and wildlife, according to report released on Feb. 28 by two leading mining reform groups.

An investigation by Earthworks and MiningWatch Canada identifies the world’s waters that are suffering the greatest harm or at greatest risk from the dumping of mine waste. The report, Troubled Waters: How Mine Waste Dumping is Poisoning our Oceans, Rivers, and Lakes, also names the leading companies that continue to use this irresponsible method of disposal.

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Northern Dynasty sees consortium of majors developing Pebble as permitting approaches

Mining Weekly | Matthew Hill

February 18, 2012
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TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – The massive, and equally controversial, Pebble project in Alaska will most likely be developed by a consortium of major mining firms, a spokesperson for Northern Dynasty, the 50% owner, said this week.

The TSX-listed company, which has Rio Tinto as a near-19% stake, has been keeping potential investors up to speed with its progress “so that if there is a move by any company to take over Northern Dynasty, it would be a competitive situation”, Sean Magee said in an interview.

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Ethical Gold the Pride of 80 Jewelry Retailers on Valentine’s Day

Environment News Service

February 15, 2012
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WASHINGTON, DC, February 14, 2012 (ENS) - Some 80 jewelry retailers from around the world, including eight of the top 10 retailers in the United States, have committed to cleaning up dirty metals by signing the No Dirty Gold campaign's Golden Rules for more responsible metals sourcing.

The Golden Rules are a set of social, human rights, and environmental criteria for gold and other precious metals. Jewelers who have signed the Golden Rules are committed to selling gold jewelry that is mined and smelted responsibly.

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For Valentine’s Day, 80 Jewelry Retailers Commit to Sustainable Supply Chain

Sustainable Business

February 14, 2012
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Many aren't aware that mining for metals, such as gold, causing the most toxic pollution of any industry in the US.

Today, over 80 jewelry retailers from around the world, including 8 of the top 10 US retailers, committed to cleaning up dirty metals by signing the No Dirty Gold campaign's "Golden Rules" for more responsible metals sourcing.

80% of the gold mined worldwide is turned into jewelry.

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No Dirty Gold Campaign Targets Macy’s and Costco

IDEX

February 14, 2012
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In a bid to get Macy’s – the fifth-largest retailer of gold jewelry in the United States – to sign up to the “Golden Rules” for more responsible metal sourcing, activists from No Dirty Gold yesterday (Monday) hung a balloon banner at Macys’ Washington, DC flagship store, that said “Macy’s: Don’t Break Our Hearts. Dump Dirty Gold.”

“Until Macy’s ends its love affair with dirty gold, the company’s commitment to sustainability and transparency is just a bunch of hot air,” said No Dirty Gold campaign coordinator, Nick Magel.

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Don’t Be Stupid, Cupid—Show Your Love Responsibly

The Huffington Post | Annie Leonard

February 10, 2012
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For holidays tainted by commercialism, Valentine's Day gives Christmas a run for the money -- big money. The National Retail Federation estimates Americans will spend $17.6 billion on Valentine's gifts this year, including $4.1 billion on jewelry, $1.8 billion on flowers and $1.5 billion on candy. But for consumers with a conscience, the very things Madison Avenue markets as expressions of love are some of the worst stuff you can buy.

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Group pressures Macy’s on ethical sourcing

National Jeweler

December 7, 2011
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Washington--Environmental group Earthworks is applying more public relations pressure to the jewelry industry, this time advocating for Macy’s to commit to sourcing gold ethically.

Earlier this month, Earthworks issued a statement calling out the department store chain for being one of the last major retailers that has yet to sign the No Dirty Gold campaign’s “Golden Rules,” a set of social, human rights and environmental criteria for mining gold and other precious metals.

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Groups Pressure Macy’s to Commit to Ethical Gold Standards

Diamonds.net | Ricci Dipshan

December 1, 2011
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RAPAPORT... Earthworks and social action group Change.org began a petition drive to rally consumers to press retailer Macy’s to commit to using ethically sourced gold.  A similar petition aimed at retailer Target  earlier this year signed-up 22,000 citizens and helped to convince the retailer to agree to the “Golden Rules,” which are a set  of social, human rights and environmental criteria for mining gold and other precious metals by Earthwork's  No Dirty Gold Campaign.

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Meet the Change Makers: Tiffany's Diamonds and Gold Get Greenish Sparkle With Stance Against Pebble Mine

OnEarth | Adam Aston

December 1, 2011
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Most businesses hungrily pursue new sources of vital raw materials. Tiffany & Co., by contrast, has begun to forge a different path. In the last several years, the company has taken an increasingly public and vocal stand against an enormous gold mine that has been proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Pebble Mine, as the project is known, is estimated to hold more than $300 billion worth of gold ore and other precious metals.

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Groups press Signet on Pebble Mine issue

National Jeweler

November 16, 2011
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Dillingham, Alaska--Just ahead of the holiday season, Alaska Natives, commercial fishermen and mining reform group Earthworks are attempting to apply public-relations pressure to Signet Jewelers over a controversial mine project in Alaska.

The groups took out a full-page advertisement in the western edition of The New York Times on Monday asking why Signet, the parent company of Kay Jewelers and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, hasn’t signed the Bristol Bay Protection Pledge. Earthworks Bonnie Gestring told National Jeweler that the groups expect to run the ad again but haven’t decided on a media outlet.

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Alaskans: Why Won't Kay and Jared Jewelers Pledge to Shun Anglo's Dirty Gold? Full-Page Ad in New York Times Urges World’s Largest Jeweler to Join 50 Others Against Pebble Mine

Yuba Net | Earthworks

November 14, 2011
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DILLINGHAM, Alaska, Nov. 14 – In the weeks leading up to Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, Alaskans are asking Signet, the world's largest jewelry corporation, to promise not to use gold from the proposed Pebble Mine – a massive copper gold mine that threatens the world's most valuable wild salmon fishery.

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Tiffany’s CEO: How to Keep a Supply Chain Sparkling

Green Biz | Adam Aston

November 12, 2011
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Sitting in his sun-soaked office at Tiffany & Co.'s Manhattan headquarters, chairman and chief executive officer Michael J. Kowalski reminded me of Breakfast at Tiffany's. In the 1962 classic, Audrey Hepburn coos over Tiffany's 5th Avenue flagship store, "Nothing very bad could happen to you there."

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The price of gold: as influential as a global power

Axcess News | Jessica Bruder

July 18, 2011
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(AXcess News) Italian Bar Camp, Calif. - Lee Mace knelt on a sun-dappled riverbank in the heart of California's mother lode. For two hours, he'd been taking turns with his wife and their three children, shoveling dirt into a home-built oak box, pouring buckets of water over the top, and rocking it back and forth like a cradle. Gravity carried the heaviest particles through a series of screens to a trap at the bottom, where Mr. Mace removed them to cull by hand in a shallow prospector's pan.

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Say yes to green gold

The Guardian | Lucy Siegle

July 16, 2011
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My partner and I are engaged but deferred buying her ring until we find something that fits with her ethical values. She won't wear diamonds and is also worried about gold.

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Palm Beach Post - Gold jewelers, activists urge clean karat buys

Palm Beach Post | Susan Salisbury

April 22, 2011
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BY: Susan Salisbury PUBLISHED: 04/22/2011 It's hard to believe that the gleaming gold rings, earrings and other jewelry we wear were once part of a rock within the earth. It takes a lot of rock, too. A single gold ring leaves 20 tons of mine waste behind, says Earthworks, an international mining reform group based in Washington. The National Mining Association's spokeswoman Carol Raulston disputes that, saying it's more like 2 tons of rock and dirt per ounce. The United States is the world's fourth-largest producer of gold, trailing South Africa, China and Australia. Nevada produces most U.S. gold. Earthworks says that gold and other metal mines are big polluters, and they're all doing something, if not everything, wrong.

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