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Brazil’s Neighbors Are Also Burning and Poisoning the Amazon

  • Colombia is losing forest at a faster rate than that of Brazil
  • Peru and Bolivia have seen bigger increase in fires this year
Smoke rises as a fire burns in the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, Brazil
Smoke rises as a fire burns in the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, BrazilPhotographer: Leonardo Carrato/Bloomberg

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.