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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.

Sister Dorothy: unfinished business

Feature story | 13 February, 2006 at 1:00

One year since the violent death of Sister Dorothy at the hands of hired gunmen in the Amazon, little has changed for the rural workers and activists trying to protect the rainforest from ranchers, landgrabbers and loggers.

Greenpeace sting exposes pirate loggers

Feature story | 22 December, 2005 at 1:00

How do you get a shipment of illegal logs out of the Amazon and to market in São Paolo? A team of Greenpeace activists risked their lives to go undercover to show -- for the first time -- exactly how it's done.

President Dilma - Veto This Forest Code Hatchet Job

Feature story | 26 April, 2012 at 15:49

Following years of intense pressure from the agribusiness sector, Brazil's parliament yesterday afternoon approved sweeping reforms to the country's forest protection law that spell destruction for the Amazon rainforest.

Wood shipment tracked, blocked (updated)

Feature story | 17 March, 2008 at 1:00

We've tracked a shipment of suspect wood from the Amazon to France on board the cargo ship Galina III. Some hours ago our activists climbed on the ship. Once our activists were onboard, the ship missed its chance to go into port. Its next chance...

Save the Planet: now… or NOW

Feature story | 16 January, 2009 at 11:36

The Arctic Sunrise has embarked on a tour of Brazil to warn against the impacts of climate change and highlight the important role Brazil can play in fighting it.

CITES: Survival hangs from thread

Feature story | 13 November, 2002 at 1:00

Two dramatic Greenpeace actions today and yesterday stressed the plight of endangered species to delegates who will vote to decide their fate. Decisions being made this week on toothfish, sharks, and elephants and other threatened species at the...

Species survival plans crucial at CITES

Feature story | 4 November, 2002 at 1:00

Theories abound for dinosaurs' dramatic exit from the planet millions of years ago. Now another mass extinction is underway on Earth, but this time the cause is amply clear: humans. It's time to stop trading Earth's biodiversity for profits, and...

Illegal export of mahogany continues

Feature story | 28 October, 2002 at 1:00

One year ago we uncovered a stash of illegal mahogany in the Brazilian Amazon worth over US$7 million. The seizure of these logs and continued investigations by the government led to a ban on the logging, transport and export of mahogany. But...

Will Europe lead the way towards 'zero deforestation'?

Blog entry by Sébastien Risso | 2 December, 2015 2 comments

From the time we're in school, we are taught that forests absorb and store carbon dioxide, one of the main greenhouse gases (GHG) responsible for climate change, and that they produce and release oxygen. Yet despite the essential role...

Damn the dam: The threat one mega-dam poses to the Amazon and those who live there

Blog entry by Tica Minami | 21 March, 2016 4 comments

The Tapajós River – in the heart of the Amazon –  is home to thousands of people and incomparable biodiversity. But all that could change if a proposed mega-dam project moves forward. At the moment you’re reading this,...

The cattle battle: How one supermarket is stepping up to stop Amazon destruction for beef

Blog entry by Adriana Charoux | 30 March, 2016

Brazil's largest supermarket chain has just committed stop selling beef linked to Amazon destruction and human rights violations – because Brazilians demanded it. Today Grupo Pão de Açúcar – Brazil’s largest supermarket...

10 years ago, the Amazon was being bulldozed for soy. Then everything changed.

Blog entry by Paulo Adario | 10 May, 2016 3 comments

This week – after months of negotiation and uncertainty – the Brazilian government, the soy industry and civil society organizations, including Greenpeace, indefinitely renewed an agreement keeping huge swathes of Amazon rainforest...

INFOGRAPHIC: What you should know about the heart of the Amazon

Blog entry by Alia Lassal | 27 May, 2016

The Tapajós River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the entire Brazilian Amazon. But this river in the heart of the rainforest and the people and ecosystems that depend on it face a serious threat. Here’s what you need to...

8 ways people are fighting for forests this International Day of Forests

Blog entry by Dawn Bickett | 20 March, 2016

Love trees? Then celebrate – 21 March is the International Day of Forests! Without healthy, thriving forests, our planet cannot sustain life. But they are facing serious threats from human activity. As much as 80 percent of the...

'The river is our blood.' Standing with the Munduruku in the heart of the Amazon

Blog entry by Bunny McDiarmid | 14 July, 2016 2 comments

There is nothing quite like flying over the Brazilian Amazon. The forest spreads out like an endless green carpet, crisscrossed by ribbons of water, and goes on for as far as the eye can see. Banks of clouds break up the vast sky. As...

In Brazil, dams threaten rivers, the environment and people's lives

Blog entry by Luana Lila | 14 March, 2017 2 comments

Today is the International Day of Action for Rivers: a time to remember and honour the communities who have been impacted by the construction of dams and the movements trying to prevent disastrous new dam projects. For Brazil, the...

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