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.

The latest updates

 

International Day of Forests

Slideshow | 21 March, 2013

Indigenous community clashes with loggers in the Amazon

Blog entry by Bernardo Camara | 18 January, 2013 1 comment

Trucks filled with timber from illegal logging operations in the Amazon have been stopped in their tracks by an indigenous village protesting the continued exploitation of their lands. With little or no support from the local or...

The Amazon pays the bill for forest destruction

Blog entry by Jess Miller | 21 December, 2012 4 comments

Lack of governance and amnesty allow large-scale Amazon deforestation to continue. Seven years ago, Leonardo Andrade Gomes was considered to be the single biggest forest destroyer in the Amazon. In addition to other infractions, he...

JBS recommits to Cattle Agreement in the Amazon

Blog entry by Jess Miller | 19 December, 2012 4 comments

This week, Brazilian cattle giant JBS is recommitting to its promises made in the Cattle Agreement of 2009 to help fight Amazon destruction. JBS has finally published an  audit of its supply systems  and a work plan to ensure it...

The future of the Amazon uncertain

Blog entry by Jessica Miller | 19 October, 2012 41 comments

For ten years, the fate of Brazil’s forests have hung in the balance as the future of the Forest Code has been up for grabs. We’ve see the debate over the law come to a head over the last few years, as the agribusiness sector pressed...

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