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Deforestation

On NPR, I heard that there is a devastating cycle of poor people making a livelihood by living on the edge of the Amazonian rainforest and burning down a small amount of the rainforest, but if they cut down the smallest infraction over their allotment (which might not be the easiest thing to eyeball), they acquire an insurmountable debt as a punishment. Then, they have to sell their land to a large land owner who incorporates the lost farms (hmm, seems too beneficial to be coincidental but whatev's, man) and continues to damage the crucial Earth lungs even further. (In The Amazon's Fire Season, 'You Either Burn Or You Starve' By Lourdes Garcia-Navarro)