Sprawling mining operations in Brazil are destroying much more of the iconic Amazon forest than previously thought, says the first comprehensive study of mining deforestation in the world’s largest tropical rainforest.

The research, published in Nature Communications, finds that mining-related forest loss caused nearly 10 percent of Amazon deforestation between 2005 and 2015 – and 90 percent of these losses occurred outside government mining leases.

Led by Laura Sonter and Gillian Galford, the study was covered by US News and World Report, ABC (Australia), Earther, Mongabay, Climate News, Cosmos, Globo (Brazil), Estado (Brazil), El Mundo (Spain), Publico (Portugal) and La Prensa (Peru). The findings were circulated widely on social media by Greenpeace and others. 


Basil D.N. Waugh