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2016 Deadliest Year for Environmental Activists

Date: August 22, 2017

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New research shows that 2016 was the deadliest year for environmental activists worldwide, with 200 deaths replacing the record set in 2015.

This is twice the number from five years ago, according to Global Witness, an independent watchdog group.

Global Witness, along with The Guardian news publication, aims to record every activist death this year to raise awareness of this rising trend. There were 98 killings identified within the first five months of 2017.

— Meredith Abercrombie

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