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Slain Amazon eco warrior becomes a conservation martyr

For a person living in extreme poverty, the wood from a single tree in the Amazon rainforest may be equal to one or two year’s salary.

Those desperate for money are going so far as to murder the indigenous people trying to protect the dying forest from deforestation.

Sadly, this is not unusual and is actually happening around the world.

As natural resources become scarcer, the violence between indigenous tribes and illegal loggers is only going to increase, warns Dr James Watson, a professor of Conservation Science at the University of Queensland.

“Unfortunately, it’s the state of the world,” he said.

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