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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2010 Drought in the Amazon Basin

Image gallery | 29 September, 2010

Pristine rainforest in the Amazon

Image | 6 July, 2010 at 0:15

Pristine rainforest in the Amazon. Since 2000, Greenpeace has been campaigning to end illegal logging in ancient forests in the Amazon, Central Africa, Russia and South-East Asia. A 2010 UN report found that ancient forests worldwide have...

Forest Fires in the Amazon

Image | 8 October, 2009 at 2:00

A view from the airplane of man made forest fires to clear land for cattle and farming, near the BR 163 road and the Flona do Trairao (Trairao National Forest). West of Itaituba National Forest.

Cattle Ranching in Para State, Brazil

Image | 5 September, 2009 at 2:00

Espíritu Santo Cattle Ranching, Para State, Brazil.

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