Amazon Case Study: Making Mining Work

By AQ Online

The world’s largest iron ore mine has mitigated its environmental impact, experts say.

This article is part of AQ’s special report on sustainable development of the Amazon. The blueprint for a sustainable economy in the Amazon may include a surprising industry. While the harm from illegal, makeshift mines has been well-documented, “Legal, industrial mining has minimal impact when it comes to deforestation,” said Beto Veríssimo, senior researcher and co-founder of Imazon, an environmental NGO. In the Canaã dos Carajás municipality of Brazil’s Pará state, the world’s largest iron ore mine offers what some call a model for more sustainable...

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