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Spain Dismantles Cold-Blooded Wildlife Trafficking Ring

Authorities in Spain have dismantled a massive transnational reptile trafficking network, highlighting how the low risks and high rewards of wildlife trafficking...
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Corrupt Police in Paraguay See Opportunity in Illegal Logging

Authorities in Paraguay have arrested more than a dozen police officers for attempting to steal confiscated wood, underscoring the attractiveness of Latin America's...
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Bolivia Bust Shows Demand for Wildlife in China

A recent eco-trafficking bust in Bolivia involving Chinese nationals demonstrates how the ongoing trade in exotic animal parts is being fueled by Asian...
Illegal logging causes substantial deforestation in the Amazon
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Report Exposes Inner Workings of Timber Trafficking in Peru

A new report into an emblematic case of timber trafficking in Peru highlights the corruption and fraud that continue to sabotage attempts to crack down on a trade...
350 tons of octopus have been stolen in Mexico in the last month
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Tentacles of Organized Crime in Mexico Extend to Octopus Theft

More than a dozen trailers transporting multi-ton shipments of frozen octopus have been reported stolen in Mexico in the last month, illustrating how crime groups...
An illegal logger in Peru
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US Makes Commercial Move to Reduce Illegal Logging in Peru

The United States has blocked imports from a Peru timber exporter suspected of illegal logging in a move that is the first of its kind. But the impact of the...
A totoaba found in Mexico
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How Mexican Crime Groups Profit From Illegal Fish Bladder Trade

A new report has highlighted the need for authorities in Mexico to treat the trafficking of illegal fish bladders as an urgent security issue, assessing the factors...
Deforestation poses a serious risk in Colombia
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Report Links Spike in Colombia Deforestation to FARC Demobilization

A new report says deforestation in Colombia increased considerably in 2016, with over a third of deforestation occurring in FARC concentration zones created as part...
Trump's withdrawal from the Paris deal could hurt security in Latin America
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How Trump’s Environmental Policy Undermines LatAm Security

US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a global agreement to fight climate change hinders efforts to tackle environmental challenges in Latin America...
Drug trafficking has been linked to deforestation in Central America
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Drug Traffickers Destroying Large Sections of CentAm Forests: Report

A new study estimates that up to 30 percent of all deforestation in three Central American countries is due to cocaine trafficking, providing some much-needed data...
Indigenous territory in Nicaragua
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Nicaragua Indigenous Leader Says Loggers Offering Weapons for Wood

An indigenous leader in Nicaragua says loggers are offering weapons to his community in exchange for illegally logging forests in their territory, providing yet...
Loggers move tree trunks down the Putaya River in Peru
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Corruption, Lack of Capacity Drive Illegal Logging in Peru: Report

A new investigation by the Associated Press has shed additional light on how corruption and lack of political will act as prime drivers of Peru's lucrative illegal...