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The new gold rush, with its increasing tons of exports, threatens Brazil’s Amazon

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil exported some 110 tons of gold to some 20 countries last year, the result of a new fever that threatens the largest rainforest on the planet, as the search for the precious metal has put 6.2 million hectares of indigenous and environmental reserves at risk, according to research by an NGO.

Gold prices escalated because of the coronavirus pandemic. Sales of the metal in 2020 left the country with US$4.9 billion, an amount 60% higher than in 2019 and 18 times higher than that recorded a decade ago.

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