Each generation takes the earth as trustees. We ought to bequeath to posterity as many forests and orchards as we have exhausted and consumed. (Julius Sterling Morton)
More recent evidence shows that rainforests don’t have much of an effect on the world’s oxygen supply.
The decomposition of dead plant matter consumes roughly the same amount of oxygen that the living plants produce.
Some experts are now calling them the “air conditioners to the world,” because their dark depths absorb heat from the sun.
Without the forest cover, these regions would reflect more heat into the atmosphere, warming the rest of the world.
Losing the rainforests may also have a profound effect on global wind and rainfall patterns, potentially causing droughts throughout the United States and other areas.
Roughly 30 percent of the carbon dioxide released in the air (a leading cause of global warming) comes from burning the rainforests.
In the past hundred years, humans have begun destroying rainforests at an alarming rate.
As a result, roughly 1.5 acres of rainforest are currently destroyed every second.
People are cutting down the rainforests to provide three major resources:
Almost all experts agree that, over time, we will suffer much more from the destruction of the rainforests than we will benefit.
Consequently, several factors are involved in this scientific assessment:
They are the main cradle of life on Earth, and they hold millions of unique life forms that we have yet to discover.
Experts say destroying the rainforests is comparable to destroying an unknown planet – we have no idea what we’re losing.
If deforestation continues at its current rate, it will lead to the decimation of the world’s tropical rainforests within 40 years.