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Study: Illegal Gold Rush Destroying Amazon Rainforest

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A rise in small-scale illegal gold mining is destroying swaths of the Amazon rainforest, according to research released on Monday that maps the scale of the damage for the first time. Researchers used satellite imagery and government data to identify at least 2,312 illegal mining sites across six countries in South America - Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela. The maps show the spread and scale of illegal mining and were produced by the Amazon Socio-environmental,...

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