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A costly gold rush in the Amazon

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In the heart of Peru's rainforest, the pursuit of gold is pushing one of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems to the brink of catastrophe.

Peru is the world's sixth producer of the precious metal - but officials say almost a quarter of it is illegally mined.

Dan Collyns reports.

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