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Jul 16, 2011· There are the environmental abuses of "dirty gold" (as laid bare in last year's study by Earthworks) and the fact that reporters in 2008 found that gold mined by children using mercury was,The Color of Responsibility: Ethical Issues and Solutions,,The mining and production of colored gemstones takes place in 47 countries (Boehm, 2014). Industry observers have noted that this sprawling and largely unregulated industry presents issues that are similar to other small-scale extractive industries: forced and child labor, other types of criminal activity, environmental damage, and health and safety concerns (Valerio, 2010; Cartier, 2010,What Is The Environmental Impact Of The Mining Industry,,These problems are briefly documented in gold miners from Australia, North America, South America, and Africa. In general, HIV infection or excessive alcohol and tobacco consumption tended to exacerbate existing health problems. Miners who used elemental mercury to amalgamate and extract gold were heavily contaminated with mercury.