Amazon

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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Cattle ranching expansion in the Brazilian Amazon

Publication | 29 January, 2009 at 17:12

Between 1996 and 2006 the area of cattle pastures in the Brazilian Amazon grew by approximately 10 million hectares – an area about the size of Iceland.

Land Use and Slaughterhouses in Mato Grosso

Publication | 29 January, 2009 at 17:11

This map shows the extent to which cattle pasture is the main use of deforested land in Mato Grosso.

Slaughterhouses and Roads in Mato Grosso

Publication | 29 January, 2009 at 17:11

This map shows how the main roads which opened up in the1970s link with extensive networks of unofficial roads (not shown on official charts) has led to cattle ranching expanding into remote areas, hundreds of kilometres from slaughterhouses.

Original Vegetation in the State of Mato Grosso

Publication | 29 January, 2009 at 1:00

Original vegetation in the state of Mato Grosso. 185, 587km² (an area twice the size of Hungary) of the once lush rainforest in the state of Mato Grosso has so far been destroyed, primarily because of cattle expansion.

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

Publication | 29 January, 2009 at 1:00

This map shows the extent of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.

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