by Lorenzo Bodrero

The dumping and trafficking of waste, illegal construction of roads, bridges and buildings, fraud in food products or control of the food market, crimes in the clean energy business, arson, trafficking of animals and archeological items.

These are the “eco-crimes”, the not-so-new illegal activity for Italian organised crime syndicates.

Eco-crimes in Italy created a money turnover of € 16,6 bln ($ 21,7 bln) in 2011 only, for a total of € 300 bln ($ 394 bln) over the past twenty years.

Who runs the eco-crimes? How does it work? What’s in place to fight one of Italian mafias’ top crime?

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