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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Amazon Soya Crime File

Publication | 6 April, 2006 at 2:00

This crime file follows the chain of rainforest destruction from the heart of the Amazon, where huge areas of forest are being cleared to plant soya, back to Europe, where McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets are sold to millions of people every week.

Rainforest Destruction at the Queen Sofia Museum

Publication | 20 October, 2005 at 2:00

The Queen Sofia Museum in Madrid (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía) is one of the best known in Spain. Designed by the architect Jean Nouvel, the museum has been extended over the last three years by the Spanish construction company...

State of Conflict

Publication | 3 November, 2003 at 1:00

The report 'State of Conflict' focuses on the Brazilian Amazon state of Pará, where industrial activities are surging ahead leaving the law behind. It concentrates on the two most aggressive industrial frontiers in Pará State: the regions of...

Declaration for Life in the Forest - Porto de Moz and Prainha, Amazon

Publication | 31 October, 2003 at 1:00

We, the community organisations and entities from the Porto de Moz Region and Prainha, Para State, and civil society organisations and other entities concerned about increasing violence against forest people, and the continuous assault on Amazon...

Deni demarcation: introduction

Publication | 17 July, 2003 at 2:00

The Deni are an indigenous group living in a remote area of the Amazon rainforest. Their traditional lifestyle was under threat by logging and fishing, but after a long struggle supported by Greenpeace and other groups, the Deni lands have been...

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