Urged on by ‘Captain Chainsaw’, Brazilians pick up tools to chop down the Amazon

Between the shafts of sunlight piercing the rainforest canopy above his slice of the Amazon rainforest, Ijair Baratto gestures to his most valuable possessions.

The massaranduba tree, nicknamed bulletwood for its strength, costs the most, at 700 reais (£130) per cubic metre, the illegal logger says.

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Such a tree is worth more than the average yearly salary in his hometown. 

Then comes garapa, at 600 reais. Tatajuba is the least valuable of the three, at 550 reais.

He doesn’t cut down mahogany, now – there is no market for it.

“A lot of people don’t want to talk about this,” he said. 

“I know I shouldn’t be doing it. But someone has to defend us, right? And explain our side of the story?”

The race…

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