This short video was forwarded by our friend Greg Asner, taken from on board his plane, the Carnegie Airborne Observatory. It shows how the gold rush is devastating the forests of Madre de Dios.
"Güido Lombardi, a Peruvian journalist, tells in his news radio program at RPP Noticias the impressions that he got after overflying the affected areas by the illegal mining in Madre de Dios, in the Peruvian rainforest. These images where captured by the Carnegie Airborne Observatory."
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University