Value of stolen natural resources has risen by 26 percent in the last year, and could be as high as $258 bln
By Chris Arsenault
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Criminal gangs are plundering the Earth's natural resources faster than previously thought, with the value of environmental crimes estimated to be as high as $258 billion annually, U.N. and police officials said on Saturday.
The value of stolen natural resources - including fish, timber, gold and other minerals - has risen by 26 percent in the last year, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Prog
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