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More than 80% of the Earth`s forests have been destroyed -by the man. However,at least, we are beginning to understand that the key role which forests play in keeping us alive. To protecting our forests is important for many of reasons. Deforestation increases in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Unfortunately, carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gases that absorb the heat from the sun. So on, more carbon dioxide means that more than heat is absorbed and reflected on the Earth`s surface, leading to global warming. At least we are now realising how many important it is to protect and save our forests. I just hope it`s not too late.
I use The Rainforest Site as my browser’s “home page,” so I can remember to click every day to preserve a few square meters of rainforest habitat.
It costs me nothing but it adds up- last year clicks from people like me protected a total of almost 42 square kilometers of rainforest.
Somewhere in the tropics, there is a beetle or bird that still has a tree as a result…
Corporations Agree to Deforestation Disclosure!
More U.S. companies agreed to disclose what effects their products had on forests as consumer awareness of deforestation grows. Increasingly, consumers want to know that the products they buy at the store are not doing harm to the planet.
U.S. companies were responding to the Forest Footprint Disclosure product survey, a survey launched in London in 2009. The FFD works with more than 350 companies to convince them to disclose what effects their supply chains have on deforestation.
This is a step in the right direction. Every product should be required to identify the impact it has on forests right on their product label.
Amazon rainforest mapped in unprecedented detail
Scientists record Amazon’s structure and biodiversity by bouncing laser beams off forest 400,000 times per second. Huddled in a twin-engine Dornier 228 aeroplane called the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, the scientists are capturing multicoloured images of the Peruvian rainforest canopy that verge on the psychedelic.
As well as measuring how the forest ecosystem is responding to the 2010 Amazon drought – the worst ever recorded – the technology accurately monitors deforestation and degradation, and has revealed unexpectedly high levels of biodiversity in high forest on the Andean rim of the Amazon basin.
The data could prove critical to the United Nation’s Redd (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) initiative, which will be the biggest future source of funding to protect the planet’s tropical forest.
Was the 2010 Haiti quake man-made?
Experts claim the 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which killed nearly 100,000 people, in January 2010 may have been caused by Haiti’s ‘extreme deforestation’. The study was
recently presented at the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.