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.

22 March 2012

The Rainbow Warrior sails through the Amazon river. The new protest vessel, in Brazil for the first time, is passing through the Amazon and down the Brazilian coast, to support campaigns for a zero deforestation law.

 

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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Rainbow Warrior in Belem, Brazil

Video | 10 May, 2012 at 13:15

The Rainbow Warrior is moored in the port city of Belem, at the mouth of the Amazon river in Brazil. It’s a historic city, over 400 years old, which was established in colonial times and has become a thriving trade center ever since.

Boat weekend in Belem city

Slideshow | 10 May, 2012

Projection At The Brazilian National Congress

Image | 10 May, 2012 at 9:50

Greenpeace activists project a laser message protesting against the New Forest Code onto the Brazilian National Congress. President Dilma has the power to veto before it becomes the law. The changes to the Forest Code severely weaken the Amazon...

Rainbow Warrior in the Brazilian port city of Belem

Blog entry by James Turner | 9 May, 2012 4 comments

The Rainbow Warrior is moored in the port city of Belem, here at the mouth of the Amazon river in Brazil. It’s a historic city, over 400 years old, which was established in colonial times and has become a thriving trade center ever...

Rainbow Warrior in Brazil

Slideshow | 7 May, 2012

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