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

Image | 26 August, 2009 at 18:22

A rancher on horse guides his cattle on a road. Cattle ranching is the primary driver of forest destruction in the Brazilian Amazon, with 79.5 per cent of deforested land used for cattle pastures.

Cattle paths on a field in the Amazon

Image | 13 August, 2009 at 18:57

Aerial view of cattle in the facilities of

Image | 13 August, 2009 at 18:55

Cattle Ranching in Brazil

Image | 5 July, 2009 at 17:56

Vale Verde Cattle Farm, Para State, Brazil.

Forest fires to clear land for cattle

Image | 9 June, 2009 at 18:17

Smoke from man made forest fires to clear land for cattle or crops.

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