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Indigenous environmental activist Isidro Baldenegro López
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Mexico Activist’s Murder Highlights Environmental Threat of Organized Crime

The murder in Mexico of indigenous activist and human rights defender Isidro Baldenegro López highlights the inevitablity of deadly collisions between...
Slain activist Berta Cáceres
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High Profile Honduras Murder Case File Stolen

In an incredible turn of events, the case file in the murder of Honduras' activist Berta Cáceres was apparently stolen, leaving the government and the...
Hundreds of jaguar's teeth have been seized in Bolivia
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Chinese Smugglers Driving Up Jaguar Killings in Bolivia

The trafficking of jaguar teeth from Bolivia's natural parks to China has sparked worries that Asian smugglers are boosting this illegal...
Exotic birds are among the most trafficked animals
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Colombia Investigation Reveals Workings of Wildlife Traffickers

Authorities in Colombia say they have dismantled the largest wildlife trafficking ring ever discovered in the country, lifting the veil on the shadowy networks...
The totoaba fish is endemic to Mexico
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‘Narco Fish’ Trafficking Easy Money for Mexico Criminals

The illegal trafficking of a fish endemic to Mexico's waters is reportedly a low-risk trade that is generating huge profits for criminal organizations looking to...
Berta Cáceres, a Honduras environmental defender murdered in March
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LatAm Among Deadliest Regions for Land Activists: Report

A new report documents 2015 as the worst year on record for murders of land and environmental defenders. Latin American countries were among the most dangerous for...
Illegal logging in Peru
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Drug Traffickers Laundered $250 Million in 2015: Peru Official

A top government official in Peru said drug trafficking organizations laundered $250 million last year, while Peruvian and US authorities highlighted the key...
Timber trafficking in Peru
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LatAm Eco-Traffickers Thrive Off High Profits and Low Risk

An environmental group has accused Peru's government of cutting short the term of its top forestry official because his agency charged with protecting the country's...
A burst oil pipeline in Colombia
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LatAm’s Top 5 Criminal Industries that Damage the Environment

As world leaders congregate in Paris to discuss how to address global climate change, InSight Crime highlights five criminal industries that are causing enormous...
Deforestation of the Amazon poses serious risks
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How to Cut Deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon to Zero

How a seemingly audacious goal to protect the Amazon makes economic...
Israel Alvarado (right) speaking at the conference
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Mexico Seeks New Approach to Tackling Environmental Crime

Authorities in Mexico have called for legal reforms that would link environmental and organized crime, a measure which -- if adopted -- could lead to a significant...
Legally harvested wood in Brazil
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Brazil Policy Not Enough to Combat Wood Trafficking: Report

A recent newspaper report describes how a government strategy meant to combat illegal logging in Brazil -- via the creation of special zones where private companies...