227 people were killed defending the environment last year, a new report shows. That's a record.

Laercio Guajajara prepares to search for illegal loggers on Arariboia indigenous land near the city of Amarante, in the Brazilian state of Maranhao, on Sept.10, 2019. Indigenous leader Laercio Guajajara was gravely wounded and his cousin Paulo Paulino Guajajara was killed inside the Arariboia reservation in Maranhao state, in early November of 2019.

(CNN)Behind the veil of the Covid-19 pandemic, 227 people were killed last year protecting forests, water and other natural resources under increasing stress from climate change, making 2020 the deadliest year on record for environmental defenders according to a report published Monday.

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