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Brazil's special forces wage uphill fight against Amazon destroyers

Brazil's special forces wage uphill fight against Amazon destroyers

Carrying guns and wearing jungle fatigues, the three men don't look like scientists as they push their way through the thick foliage of the Amazon. They're trying to reach a clearing they've seen on satellite images. When they finally get there, they discover that the largest trees have been uprooted by a tractor. The ground has been seeded with grass to create a pasture for cattle. Rodrigo Numeriano, 31, finds a piece of a fruit peel, puts it up to his nose and sniffs. "Someone was just here," he says. SIGN UP for the free Great Reads weekly newsletter They've found the clues. Now comes the hard part: determining who is causing the damage and who...

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