Big Ideas TXST podcast tells the story of narco traffickers who are pushing deeper and deeper into the remote rainforests of Central America, clearcutting huge swaths to establish cattle ranches to launder drug money

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Jennifer Devine, assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Texas State University, and Nate Currit, associate professor and director of the Texas Center for Geographic information Sciences, discuss the staggering environmental destruction and human suffering being wrought in episode 5 of the Big Ideas TXST podcast.

           Narco traffickers are pushing deeper and deeper into the remote rainforests of Central America, clearcutting huge swaths to establish cattle ranches to launder drug money. In the process, endangered species and native communities alike are decimated.  Read more about the growing problem here and here.

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