Sunday, 6 July 2008

How important is the Rainforest to the world?

Most people don’t realise just how important the rainforests are for ALL of us. Deforestation releases more CO2 into the atmosphere each year than all of the world's planes, trains and automobiles put together! The truth is that cutting down the rainforests for farming and grazing produces more CO2 than all the UK energy used in our homes. Each hectare of rainforest - roughly the size of two football pitches - an area almost the size of England and Wales is cut down every year releasing billions of tons of CO2 into the air. The destruction results in millions of people being made homeless while causing animals and plants to be extinct. Read the whole Telegraph article here.
Go also to the Rainforest Foundation site here for some interesting photos.

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