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6. Has the cut down of trees in the Amazon rainforest stopped?

Much of the Amazon rainforest is in danger and may even disappear in less than a century (some say in about 40 years). The trees are cut down by the mafias and the wood sold in the world markets, putting in serious risk the life in South America and in all the Earth. In the Amazon, the largest rainforest in the world, the destruction of forests is well advanced. The purpose of logging is to provide spaces for urbanization, agriculture, especially soybeans and cotton, livestock, oil and mining exploitation, road construction, penetration roads, oil pipelines and hydroelectric dams. In addition, some 30 million people live in the Amazon basin. All this represents a human intervention on a large scale as it had never happened on the planet, which, if not stopped, would irreversibly affect the lung of the world and therefore all the inhabitants of Earth.

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The Amazon rainforest, the lung of world

One tree breathes, two trees breathe twice as much and in the case of the Amazon it is the world’s largest rainforest that breathes. And it does so with force, because millions of trees live in its immense territory of about six million square kilometers, eight times greater than the Borneo rainforest, depleted by 75%, largely during the last three decades of the Last century. The one that was recently the lung of Southeast Asia, today is a mutilated and diseased organ. The predation was such that the huge island became the first timber exporter on the planet, larger than Africa and Brazil together…



Why the Amazon jungle is the lung of the world

Trees produce oxygen, vital to most species, and in turn absorb carbon dioxide, CO2, the largest component of greenhouse gases, causing global warming, the main trigger of climate change. During photosynthesis, the process carried out by trees and the vast majority of plants, they absorb and store carbon dioxide (CO2), which is fixed to their roots, trunks and leaves in the form of carbon. The plants, although they take oxygen from the air and re-enter CO2, the final balance is positive in favor of the extraction of CO2 from the atmosphere…


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