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Artisanal mining: the dangers that come with the job

With 40 million people working in the artisanal mining sector worldwide in 2017, the industry has a significant impact on global mining. These small-scale operations, which are typically undertaken outside of the law and without compliance with industry standards, can promise great rewards. But there are significant risks for both the miners involved and the communities and countries in which they work, from physical injuries and air pollution to damages to local infrastructure and national economies.

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