Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Illegal-Logging-in-the-Amazon-27MZIFVN0N0N.htmlConceptually similarIllegal Logging in the AmazonGP042LRCompleted★★★★Illegal Logging in the AmazonGP042LQCompleted★★★★Illegal Logging in the AmazonGP042MOCompleted★★★★Illegal Logs in Ka’apor Indigenous Land in BrazilGP0STPB67Completed★★★★Illegal Logging in Para StateGP04X3HCompleted★★★★Ka’apor Indigenous People in BrazilGP0STPB5UCompleted★★★★Forest Fires in the Indigenous Land Arariboia in BrazilGP0STPE55Completed★★★★Forest Fires in the Indigenous Land Arariboia in BrazilGP0STPE59Completed★★★★Forest Fires in the Indigenous Land Arariboia in BrazilGP0STPE53Completed★★★★View AllGP042N0Illegal Logging in the AmazonIllegal logging within the protected Gurupi Biological Reserve in Maranhão state. In an area almost completely deforested, this reserve is one of the most biodiverse areas in the region, but also one of the most threatened. The 341,000 hectare Gurupi reserve, roughly three times the size of Los Angeles, was established in 1988 around the same time that the pig iron companies began production. A recent study estimates that 70-80% of the area has been altered by timber extraction.Locations:Amazon-Brazil-Gurupi Biological Reserve-Maranhão-South AmericaDate:29 Nov, 2011Credit:© Rodrigo Baléia / GreenpeaceLatitude:3°44'27.37"SMaximum size:5616px X 3744pxLongitude46°49'13.35"WKeywords:Aerial view-Automotive industry-Day-Deforestation-Destruction-Forests (campaign title)-Forests (topography)-KWCI (GPI)-Outdoors-Rainforests-Steelmaking industry-Timber-TreesShoot:Pig Iron Production in the AmazonThousands of remote charcoal camps in Brazil have pillaged huge areas of natural rainforest to smoulder into wood charcoal. The charcoal is burnt in blast furnaces which convert iron ore to pig iron, an intermediate product in the steelmaking process. A new Greenpeace report "Driving Destruction in the Amazon" reveals how some of the world’s biggest car companies are using steel products made from this pig iron. The report also exposes how the industry relies on cheap labor, luring workers away from small villages to work in inhumane conditions. Millions of small pig iron blocks are exported and purchased by the Severstal steel mill in Columbus, Mississippi. This plant directly claims to supply Ford, GM, Mercedes and BMW. Greenpeace is demanding that companies implement policies that permanently rule out the use of any product linked to deforestation or slave labor.