Amazon gold mining drives malaria surges among Indigenous peoples

National Geographic | Aug 12, 2020 at 7:50 PM
  • The mosquitoes come in swarms not long after the forest burns.
  • In June, as the Amazon entered its dry season, when fires spread more easily, 22 percent of BLA deforestation took place on conservation areas, and 3 percent occurred on Indigenous land.
  • Larger areas of land cleared to create pasture for cattle can also cause malaria to spread, but it’s the smaller patches of deforested land used for mining that have higher risk for malaria transmission.