In this Nov. 12, 2014 photo, a column of policemen occupy a gold mining camp as part of an operation to eradicate illegal mining in the area known as La Pampa, in Peru's Madre de Dios region. Less than a month before Peru plays host to global climate talks, the government sent a battalion of police into southeastern jungles to dismantle illegal gold-mining mining camps. Peru’s anti-illegal mining czar, retired army Gen. Augusto Soto, marched the men to the wasteland known as La Pampa, where 50,000 hectares of rainforest have been obliterated in the past six years. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) (The Associated Press)
In this Nov. 12, 2014 photo, flames and plumes of black smoke rise over an illegal gold mining camp after authorities set fire to motorcycles and gasoline used by the miners, as part of an operation to eradicate illegal mining in the area known as La Pampa, in Peru's Madre de Dios region. Less than ...
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