17 May 2022

Disaster in Making- Deforestation in The Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon rainforest is the lungs of our home planet and it produces the majority of oxygen for all living beings.The Amazon rainforest is home to 1000 birds and 60,000 plant species. There are 10 million species of insects that live in the Amazon, also it is home to 20 million people who are dependent on these forests.

The Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest, covering over 2.1 million square miles of landmass and sitting in the Amazon river basin. It covers nearly 40% of the surface area of the South American continent, spanning over 8 countries - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, and Suri-name.

According to the latest available data. Some 13,235 square kilometers of forest area were lost during the 2020-21 period, which is the highest since 2006.

The increasing demand for domestic use and export of timber, and mining activities- encourages road development by clearing the rainforest further.

The loss due to deforestation is not just biodiversity-related, but all those crucial renewable resources are also lost that could sustain many future generations.

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