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Deforestation Rising in Amazon as Lack of Funds Hampers Guardians

The rainforest shook with the sound of exploding tires and groaning steel as flames tore through a truck carrying giant tree trunks illegally sawn from the Amazon. An agent of Brazil's environment police had, moments earlier, ordered the driver from his cab at gunpoint. In a scuffed blue cap and muddied jeans, the 25-year-old fought back tears as he learned his truck would be set alight right there. He walked away rather than watch it burn. When able to do their job, agents of the...

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