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Brazil’s Neighbors Are Also Burning and Poisoning the Amazon

Aug. 29, 2019, 1:42 PM

As the fires ravaging Brazil’s Amazon stoke global outrage, its neighbors are also scorching, ripping up and poisoning their forests -- largely under the radar.

Bolivia and Peru have seen faster growth in the number of fires this year than Brazil, as illegal miners, ranchers and cocaine producers continue to wreak havoc.

Smoke rises as a fire burns in the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, Brazil
Photographer: Leonardo Carrato/Bloomberg

The 2.5 million square-mile Amazon is being attacked on all sides, with fires claiming an area equivalent to dozens of soccer pitches every hour in Brazil alone. At the deforestation rates seen in recent years, the whole forest will lose an area about the size of Virginia ...

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