The Amazon Rainforest is known as a South American treasure because of its beauty, and unique species. In recent years its ecosystem become more fragile, which started a huge response from the scientific community, the media and the world. Unfortunately, the rainforest continues to disappear. Below we list just a few reasons of why we should do everything in our hands to try and conserve this grand ecosystem.
It’s The Planet’s Lung
Rainforests are known as the planet’s lung. Trees play a key role in the process where oxygen is produced, mainly reducing pollutants like carbon dioxide (CO2). The high levels of carbon dioxide are currently in our ozone layer due to humanity burning fossil fuels and using coal, oil and natural gas. Plants in the rainforest actually take the carbon dioxide away from the atmosphere, which prevents the greenhouse effect. So, in summary, without the Amazon rainforest, we might not be able to breath. Literally.
The Amazon Rainforest & Global Climate
Rainforest across the globe are thought to be important in controlling regional climates. In other words, rainforests play an important role in the water cycle, which controls when it rains and the amount of precipitation that an area receives. Recently, the climate change has been so extreme, that weather phenomenons such as El Niño and La Niña are occurring more frequently.
The Amazon Rainforest & Medicine
The natural roots of medicine come from the Amazon Rainforest. Its insects, plants and other organisms have been used for the agriculture, clothing and, of course, cures for diseases. Scientists believe that there are many medicinal plants that haven’t been discovered yet. Some scientifics say that less than half of 1% of flowering plant species have been studied in detail for their medicinal potential. Learn more about Amazon medicinal plants here.
Its Unique Species
The Amazon Rainforest is home to many endemic species, meaning that they can’t be find anywhere else on the Earth. The deforestation of the Amazon means that its unique species will be lost and extinct. Some of these endemic species are vital for the Amazon ecosystem. So, not only is it the Amazon in danger of disappearing but also are its species.
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