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Aug 25, 2017

Battling deforestation in the Amazon

Battling deforestation in the Amazon

The small town of Apui sits at the new frontline of Brazil's fight against advancing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, where vast forest fires belch jet black smoke visible for miles and loggers denude the jungle.

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An aerial view shows the Acari river in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, July 28, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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Trees grow in the Amazon forest in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, July 27, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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An aerial view shows deforested land during "Operation Green Wave" conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, August 4, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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An aerial view shows deforested land during "Operation Green Wave" conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, July 27, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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Cows are seen on a plot of deforested land during "Operation Green Wave" conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, July 27, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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A burnt tree in a forest is seen during "Operation Green Wave" conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, July 31, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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Agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, walk through a burnt area in a forest during "Operation Green Wave" to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, July 31, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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Burning forest is seen during "Operation Green Wave" conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, August 4, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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Burning forest is seen during "Operation Green Wave" conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, August 4, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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Burning forest is seen during "Operation Green Wave" conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, July 31, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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A burnt area in a forest is seen during "Operation Green Wave" conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, July 31, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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Burning forest is seen during "Operation Green Wave" conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, August 4, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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Burning forest is seen during "Operation Green Wave" conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, August 4, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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A coach drives along the Transamazon Highway as it passes through deforested and burnt land during "Operation Green Wave" conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, August 4, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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An aerial view shows Santo Antonio do Matupi district, located near the Transamazon Highway in Manicore, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, July 27, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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Piles of wood are seen during "Operation Green Wave" conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, July 27, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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An agent of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, takes part in operation "Operation Green Wave" in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, July 26, 2017. The sign reads: "Careful with stray bullets." BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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An environment police officer takes part in "Operation Green Wave" conducted by the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, August 5, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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Agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, check a felled tree, found in a deforested area during "Operation Green Wave" to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, August 1, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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Agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, check men in a forest during "Operation Green Wave" to combat illegal logging in Apui in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, August 3, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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Agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, check an illegal logging camp during "Operation Green Wave" to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, August 3, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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Agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, check a man at in illegal logging camp during "Operation Green Wave" to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, July 28, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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A man poses for a camera at an illegal gold mine during "Operation Green Wave" conducted by the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, August 5, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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An agent of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, carries confiscated chainsaws during "Operation Green Wave" to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, July 29, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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A man reacts as an illegal logging camp is burnt during "Operation Green Wave" conducted by the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, to combat illegal logging in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, July 28, 2017. BRUNO KELLY/REUTERS

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