10 Apr '12, 6pm

U.S. gobbling illegal wood from Peru's Amazon rainforest

U.S. gobbling illegal wood from Peru's Amazon rainforest

Peruvian smugglers traffic illegal rainforest timber from Brazil to America (01/11/2012) An investigation by Brazil's Federal Police has detailed a significant trade of illegally logged rainforest wood by Peruvian nationals making its way from northern Brazil to the U.S. and Mexico, reports O Globo. Fight illegal logging by going after criminal masterminds (03/22/2012) Illegal logging has never been a high priority for criminal investigators, but a new report by the World Bank says it should be. Worldwide, the illegal logging epidemic is decimating natural resources, imperiling biodiversity, emitting carbon, and undercutting the livelihoods of local and indigenous people. But the lucrative funds from these ill-gotten gains is just as problematic: top organized criminals rake in $10-15 billion annually from illegal logging and largely use the funds to drive corruption. Beli...

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