The Amazon is the planet's largest remaining rainforest, teeming with more wildlife than anywhere else on Earth. But this majestic rainforest is caught between the twin destructive forces of deforestation and climate change. Greenpeace is campaigning for an end to deforestation in the Amazon by 2015 and globally by 2020.

The Amazon is a vast and majestic rainforest teeming with an estimated quarter of all known land species. The jaguar, the pink river dolphin, the sloth, the world's largest flower, a monkey the size of a toothbrush and a spider the size of a baseball are just a few of the species that we know about - there are many more yet to be discovered.

It is also home to over 20 million people including hundreds of indigenous peoples, some of which have never been contacted by the 'outside world'.

And finally, the Amazon stores 80 to 120 billion tonnes of carbon, helping to stabilise the planet's climate.

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Aerial view of the rainforest during the

Image | 27 August, 2007 at 3:00

Aerial view of the rainforest during the burning season in the Amazon, photographed during a flight from Itaituba to Alta Floresta.

Gold prospectors Camp in Para State

Image | 25 August, 2007 at 3:00

A river is diverted for gold mining at a gold prospectors' camp on a flight from Cuiaba to Alta Floresta (Brazilian Amazon). These prospectors use mercury in the mining process, which pollutes the environment and affects the health of the local...

Police at a Greenpeace protest at the Admiralty

Image | 7 February, 2007 at 1:00

Police at a Greenpeace protest at the Admiralty Arch wing of the Cabinet Office in London. Greenpeace were protesting the use of illegally logged rainforest timber in the building's refurbishment.

After massive consumer pressure

Image | 25 July, 2006 at 11:57

After massive consumer pressure, McDonald's will no longer sell chicken fed on soya grown in deforested areas of the Amazon rainforest.

Aerial view of the Amazon forest.

Image | 25 July, 2006 at 2:00

Aerial view of the Amazon forest.

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