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This is what illegal gold mining looked like in southeast Peru's Madre de Dios region in 2019. (Photo: Cris Bouroncle, Getty Images)

Gold Mining Is Hurting the Amazon’s Ability to Store Carbon

Gold mining is becoming an increasingly dangerous threat to the Amazon. A new study has found that barely any trees or plants grow where mines once sat. This is bad news for the wildlife that depends on vegetation for habitat. Without trees or vegetation, though, the Amazon also can’t store…