Happy World Rainforest Day!
Rainforests are some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. They’re home to about half of all plant and animal species on the planet! However, these biomes are constantly in danger due to deforestation for monetary gains. One such undertaking has companies tearing down rainforests to grow palm oil palms whose oil is used in foods, soaps, waxes, toothpastes, lubricants, and inks. Not only are animals suffering habitat loss, but losing keystone species like the orangutans, who disperse fruits seeds throughout the rainforests, throws off the balance in the rainforests amongst the trees and plant species. #nopalmoil #quitpalmoil #readyourlabels #useyourspendingpower #spendingpowertoaffectchange #saveourrainforests #rainforest #worldrainforestday
[ via @nytimes ]
Below are some facts about rainforest that show how invaluable they are to the planet and all whom inhabit it:
FACTS ABOUT RAINFORESTS via @thenatureconservancy :
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Rainforests act as the world's thermostat by regulating temperatures and weather patterns.
One-fifth of the world's fresh water is found in the Amazon Basin.
Rainforests are critical in maintaining the Earth's limited supply of drinking and fresh water.
A typical four-square-mile patch of rainforest contains as many as 1,500 flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 400 species of birds and 150 species of butterflies.
Rainforests provide many important products for people: timber, coffee, cocoa and many medicinal products, including those used in the treatment of cancer.
Seventy percent of the plants identified by the U.S. National Cancer Institute as useful in the treatment of cancer are found only in rainforests.
Rainforests are threatened by unsustainable agricultural, ranching, mining and logging practices.
Originally, 6 million square miles of tropical rainforest existed worldwide. But as a result of deforestation, only 2.4 million square miles remain.
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