Cattle ranching is the biggest driver of deforestation in Brazil, says Greenpeace.
In evidence presented at the World Social Forum, hosted by Belem in the heart of the Amazon, the environmental group said it showed that cattle ranching was the biggest driver of Amazon deforestation.
Greenpeace Brazil has produced a series of maps which it said showed the links between cattle ranching and tree felling in the highest resolution to date.
The details have been released as part of the organisation’s Save the Planet – Now tour.
Greenpeace lists the South America nation as the world’s fourth biggest polluter, with 75% of its emissions stemming from deforestation.
The Brazilian government has pledged to tackle destruction of the Amazon as part of its climate commitments. However, green campaigners say plans to expand its cattle industry contradict these.
Internationally, tropical deforestation is responsible for a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than the global transport sector.
Source: Greenpeace International
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