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4. How does the Amazon rainforest help curb climate change?

The natural greenhouse effect of Earth, a phenomenon that has allowed for millions of years to maintain temperatures in a fairly uniform range, necessary to develop and maintain a great diversity of life. How does it work? The solar rays come from space, bounce off the surface of the planet and try to escape back to the cosmos, but are trapped by the atmosphere and consequently the vital condition of uniformity is produced. If this phenomenon does not happen, Earth would be an icy planet, probably uninhabited like most others, or at least not suitable for life as we know it. But since the Industrial Revolution, according to some scientists, CO2 has increased in the atmosphere, beginning a progressive increase in global temperature. The plants, although they take oxygen from the air and re-enter carbon dioxide, the final balance is positive in terms of the extraction of CO2 from the atmosphere. The Amazon rainforest, through its millions of trees and plants helps to slow down global warming and therefore climate change.

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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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