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Soya blazes through the Amazon

Feature story | 12 December, 2003 at 1:00

It was a beautiful star gazing night last night and almost everyone was out on deck. The moon rose late and the lights on deck were off because we are in transit. In the distance, against the silhouette of the forest, there was an orange glow.

Mahogany trade of power, corruption and blood

Feature story | 17 October, 2002 at 2:00

The wood oozes glamour and prestige in the gleaming showrooms of the north. But its plunder drives the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, corruption and even murder.

2m hectares of Amazon saved!

Feature story | 11 November, 2004 at 1:00

The Brazilian government has stood up to the powerful forces of illegal loggers and greedy soya and beef barons in the Amazon by creating two massive protective reserves. This means increased sustainable use of the forest by local people and...

Victory for the Amazon, its people and a big leaf tree

Feature story | 14 November, 2002 at 1:00

Ten years of work to protect Amazon mahogany has paid off. This high-priced hard wood was driving the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, corruption and even murder. But a decision to regulate international trade of mahogany will give the...

Illegal logs seized in the Amazon

Feature story | 22 September, 2002 at 2:00

After only three days, the river blockade mounted by local communities in the Amazon has stopped two illegal logging barges carrying over 200 logs. The barges have been impounded and the owner fined almost 200,000 Brazilian Reals - nearly US$ 60,000.

Dam collapse in Brazil destroys towns and turns river into muddy wasteland

Blog entry by Bruno Weis | 17 November, 2015 9 comments

On Thursday, November 5th, two dams holding millions of cubic meters of mining waste gave way – launching one of the worst environmental disasters in Brazilian history. Over 25,000 Olympic swimming pools worth of mud –...

Indigenous lands are going up in smoke in the Amazon - because of illegal logging

Blog entry by Luana Lila | 24 October, 2015

In just two months, fire has consumed over 45 percent of the Amazon rainforest in the Arariboia Indigenous Land – an area of protected forest that is home to thousands of people. And despite their efforts, the fire continues to rage...

The Amazon’s Tapajos Basin is in danger

Blog entry by Maïa Booker | 30 September, 2015 2 comments

The Brazilian government is currently gearing up to build dozens of energy-producing megadams in the Amazon. São Luiz do Tapajos will be one of the largest – second only to Belo Monte. If it is built, it will devastate the rich...

Protecting the chorus of nature: When international companies threaten the Amazon

Blog entry by Lukas Meus | 30 March, 2016 1 comment

Before I joined Greenpeace, I lived in the Amazon rainforest for several months. I still remember waking up every morning and listening to the amazing sound of birds and insects. It felt as if the trees were singing along in a chorus...

Six months later: communities are still suffering from one of Brazil’s worst...

Blog entry by Alan Azevedo | 6 May, 2016

Six months have passed since one of the worst environmental tragedies in Brazil’s history: the Samarco dam collapse . On 5 November, 2015, Samarco’s mining waste dam gave way, releasing a torrent of contaminated mud that killed 19...

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