Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Connection between deforestation and climate change - Quick facts

Forests play key role in fight against climate change because they absorb large quantities of CO2 from the atmosphere, especially rainforests. This is the reason why forests are sometimes called as "the nature answer to global warming".

As the climate change impact will increase in years to come so will the chance of wildfires and busfires that will become more frequent and powerful enough to destroy many of our forests.

Old tropical rainforests that are absorbing most CO2 are disappearing very fast. These ancient forests have big effect on overall climate.

Current rates of deforestation in many parts of the world are horrific and this gives additional boost to already serious climate change problem.

Tropical rainforests are home of many unique species, and areas with the richest biodiversity in the world. If they are destroyed, global warming effect will be far more powerful, and many species will go extinct.

Amazon rainforest is the biggest rainforest in the world. Deforestation of Amazon rainforest contributes to 75% of total Brazilian greenhouse gas emissions.

Forest funding should be much more used in order to prevent deforestation in developing countries because forests play key role in fight against global warming.

Deforestation on global level causes one fifth of total world's greenhouse emissions. The more forest we lose the less CO2 remains in the atmosphere.

Forest funding is not enough without the funding control of where exactly do these funds end. Only then forest funding can make the difference in forest preservation.

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