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5. How does the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest affect the greenhouse effect?

According to some scientists, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has increased since the beginning of the industrial revolution, 1750, modifying the composition of the atmosphere and the natural greenhouse effect of Earth, increasing its temperature in a seemingly slow process, from the point in view of human chronometry, but almost instantaneous with respect to geological times. It is estimated that two thirds of this increase come from the burning of fossil fuels, such as oil, gas and coal, while the remaining third comes from the deforestation of large areas of forests and jungles. In the Amazon the destruction of the forests is already very advanced, especially to gain spaces for agriculture, livestock and urbanization, in addition trees are cut down to supply the timber markets. If these activities do not stop, it will irreversibly affect the lung of the world and its role in helping to curb 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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