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Cattle ranching biggest driver of Amazon deforestation

Feature story | 29 January, 2009 at 16:15

At the World Social Forum in Belém in the heart of the Amazon we’ve released evidence confirming cattle ranching to be the biggest driver of Amazon deforestation. Greenpeace Brazil has produced a series of maps which show in greater detail than...

Location of Mato Grosso in the Amazon region

Publication | 29 January, 2009 at 16:14

The Amazon rainforest is home to the most diverse ecosystem on earth, as well as millions of indigenous peoples. It is under grave threat from being cleared and burned primarily for cattle pastures. Deforestation not only destroys biodiversity...

Cattle ranching expansion in the Brazilian Amazon

Publication | 29 January, 2009 at 16:12

Between 1996 and 2006 the area of cattle pastures in the Brazilian Amazon grew by approximately 10 million hectares – an area about the size of Iceland.

Land Use and Slaughterhouses in Mato Grosso

Publication | 29 January, 2009 at 16:11

This map shows the extent to which cattle pasture is the main use of deforested land in Mato Grosso.

Slaughterhouses and Roads in Mato Grosso

Publication | 29 January, 2009 at 16:11

This map shows how the main roads which opened up in the1970s link with extensive networks of unofficial roads (not shown on official charts) has led to cattle ranching expanding into remote areas, hundreds of kilometres from slaughterhouses.

Amazon Cattle Footprint, Mato Grosso: State of Destruction

Publication | 29 January, 2009 at 9:08

These Greenpeace maps show that cattle ranching is the primary driver of deforestation in the Amazon state of Mato Grosso.

Original Vegetation in the State of Mato Grosso

Publication | 29 January, 2009 at 0:00

Original vegetation in the state of Mato Grosso. 185, 587km² (an area twice the size of Hungary) of the once lush rainforest in the state of Mato Grosso has so far been destroyed, primarily because of cattle expansion.

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

Publication | 29 January, 2009 at 0:00

This map shows the extent of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.

Greenpeace condemns Iceland's new whaling quota as a "shameless stunt"

Press release | 28 January, 2009 at 14:09

If the new interim Icelandic government allows the new whaling quota introduced by the outgoing Fisheries Minister to stand, it will mean dire consequences for legitimate trade and tourism that is needed to help Iceland's economy. Whaling...

US, Swiss companies win ‘world's worst’ award at Davos

Press release | 28 January, 2009 at 0:00

Today, on the first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, US gold mining giant Newmont Mining and Swiss utility Bernische Kraftwerke (BKW) won the Bern Declaration and Greenpeace Switzerland’s fifth Public Eye Awards for blatantly...

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