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

 

JBS Scorecard

Publication | June 26, 2012 at 17:00

JBS Scorecard Summary Update

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...

Broken Promises

Publication | October 19, 2011 at 18:02

How the cattle industry in the Amazon is still connected to deforestation, slave labour and invasion of indigenous land.

Forest Code

Publication | June 15, 2011 at 8:00

The threat to the Forest Code and tens of millions of hectares of Amazon rainforest is real.

Making REDD Work

Publication | October 15, 2009 at 17:00

The Nature Conservancy's Relections on their Experience with Policy and Practice regarding the REDD mechanism for protecting forests.

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