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[Right Column] CLAIM: The War on Drugs Is a War on the Climate

The U.S. crackdown on drugs is, unfortunately, also driving deforestation throughout Central America according to new research. As cocaine traffickers try to avoid detection, they venture further into remote rainforests to hide, often cutting down key protected areas along the way. In fact, they often launder their drug money by posing as loggers and ranchers who are still illegally cutting down precious rainforest.

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Drug trade damaging Central America's forests, researchers say - Environmental degradation linked to drug trafficking is causing losses of about $215 million annually across the region's protected forest areas

Published:10/10/2019 12:30:28 PM
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