New Amazon threat? Deforestation from mining

New Amazon threat? Deforestation from mining

Sprawling mining operations in Brazil have caused roughly 10 percent of all Amazon rainforest deforestation between 2005 and 2015 — much higher than previous estimates — says the first comprehensive study of mining deforestation in the iconic tropical rainforest. Surprisingly, the majority of mining deforestation (a full 90%) occurred outside the mining leases granted by Brazil’s government, the new study finds.

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