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The Lake That Burned Down A Forest (Part 3)

A black-market charcoal trade has sprung up in response to the rapid destruction from Lake Enriquillo.

by VICE News
Jul 25 2014, 7:20pm


VICE News heads into the hills near Lake Enriquillo to see how people whose livelihoods have been ruined by the lake's unstoppable expansion are now surviving. What we find is that many have become involved with the black-market charcoal trade. As they cut down and burn trees to make the charcoal — labor-intensive work that isn't very lucrative — they actually contribute to the climate change that probably led to the lake's growth in the first place.

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climate change
Dominican Republic
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Lake Enriquillo