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Illegal mining puts at risk rivers like the Jaraua river in the Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve in Brazil's Amazonas state (AFP / Mauro PIMENTEL / MANILA BULLETIN)

Amazon suffering ‘epidemic’ of illegal gold mines

By Agence France-Presse Illegal gold mining in the Amazon has reached "epidemic" proportions in recent years, causing damage to pristine forest and waterways, a conservation…