Effects Of Deforestation Of The Amazon Rainforest

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Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, and how it affects its species
The Amazon rainforest houses at least 146 000 of the world’s known species. Flora and fauna included, this accounts for a staggering tenth of all forms of life currently existing on planet earth. It represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, and spans across 5.5 million square kilometres of the South American continent.
The rainforest is also the biggest natural “lung” of the earth, and is responsible for at least 20% of the conversion of carbon dioxide into oxygen all across the globe. The same percentage of the world’s freshwater reserves can be found in the Amazon River basin alone. In addition, one fourth of all western pharmaceuticals are directly derived from plants found in the rainforest.
In short, we are incredibly dependent on the existence of the Amazon biome. In theory this means that we should be handling the forest with care, protecting it and taking precautionary measures where they are needed. The great question is – are we?
Numbers tell us that in truth we are rather doing the opposite. According to theamazonrainforest.org an average of 137 species – animals, insects and plants alike – go extinct every single day due to acts of human intervention like animal hunting and deforestation, all on behalf of collecting materials to produce biofuels as well as agricultural development. Rounded up, about 50 000 species are lost each year because of our selfishness and

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