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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Amazon forest activists protest pig iron shipment

Video | May 15, 2012 at 11:17

Greenpeace activists just off the coast of Sao Luis, Brazil stop a ship from loading pig iron.

Elissama’s quiet voice tells the world about a new Amazon scandal

Blog entry by James Turner | May 14, 2012 3 comments

Right now a 20 year old Brazilian named Elissama de Oliveira Menezes is attached to the anchor chain of a massive cargo ship here in Sao Luis, at the mouth of the Amazon. She’s a small girl anyway, but next to the 175 meter ‘Clipper...

Driving Destruction in the Amazon

Publication | May 11, 2012 at 15:43

Wood charcoal is burning up more than what’s for dinner at backyard barbeques. In Brazil- the world’s largest consumer of wood charcoal, almost all of the wood charcoal is used to process pig iron (a key ingredient for steel). Turning iron ore...

Giant fish and small meetings

Blog entry by James Turner | May 10, 2012 1 comment

It’s been a week since we arrived in Belem and during that time I’ve learned more about river fish than I would have during a lifetime back in San Francisco. Well, perhaps that’s a bit hard on the Californian fish scene, but you get...

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