Saving the Amazon

Associated Press
In this Aug. 2010 photo released in 2012 by Survival International, Awa Indians stand in a forest in Maranhao state, Brazil.  For generations, the Awa lived far away from the rest of humanity, following the seasons' rhythms in the lush Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Then the rest of the world found the Awa. Watchdog groups say conflict is inevitable as government-backed projects such as hydroelectric dams and roads bring thousands of settlers to remote areas. Two bills now working their way through Brazil's Congress would further open indigenous territory to development and potentially weaken tribes' hold on their land. (AP Photo/Domenico Pugliese, Survival International)

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A recent Greenpeace investigation reported that the demand for pig iron for industries, such as the U.S. auto industry, is a major contributor to the destruction of the Amazon forest and its quickly disappearing tribes.

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