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Cocaine Not to Blame for Western Amazon Forest Loss, Study Says

Infrastructure projects designed to open the western Amazon for investment are to blame for deforestation in parts of Peru, Colombia and Bolivia — not coca production, researchers said Wednesday. Policymakers and U.N. anti-drug officials have blamed coca farming for destroying forests in the western Amazon, but a study from Stony Brook University in New York said this was not accurate based on new analysis of satellite maps and other data. Instead, deforestation was largely caused by...

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