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7. Have the agreements to reduce the deforestation of the Amazon rain forest worked?

In 2006, when the companies responsible for most of the Brazilian soybean trade signed a pact with several NGOs, led by Greenpeace, not to acquire soy from the affected areas, the decline in deforestation rates was considerable. This was celebrated in the environmental media, but also the euphoria was short-lived, since the repeal of old laws and the approval of new ones, reinitiated the cut down of trees, even those strictly prohibited. In this way the destruction of the jungle was reinitiated since 2013, which has increased in the following years. If the Amazon rainforest were lost and most of the trees were lost, we would be left without its capacity to absorb CO2, the one most responsible for the greenhouse effect and as a consequence of global warming and climate change. If we add that 20% of the planet’s fresh water comes from the Amazon River, it is not difficult to imagine the catastrophe that this would represent for our mother 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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