Protecting Rainforests

Rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere have been linked to climate change. Rainforests are part of the solution to climate change because they remove 4.4 billion tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere every year. With the destruction of large sections of the rainforest to make way for cattle ranching, agriculture, logging or oil, increasing amounts of CO2 are building up in the atmosphere. In addition, huge amounts of CO2 are released when the rainforest is cleared. The amount of CO2 released by rainforest clearing and burning exceeds the carbon emissions of the global transport sector.

With the clearing of rainforests, the 350 million people who live there find their homes under threat. As they become homeless, they are vulnerable to exploitation by external interests. Rainforests are too valuable to be torn down, but protecting the rainforest is a monumental task. Despite conservation activists battling to save the rainforest for over 40 years, developers, loggers and ranchers continue to tear down the rainforest canopy at an alarming rate.

Salman Zafar

Salman Zafar is the Founder of Cleantech Solutions, and an international consultant, advisor and trainer with expertise in waste management, biomass energy, waste-to-energy, environment protection and resource conservation. His geographical areas of focus include Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Salman has successfully accomplished a wide range of projects in the areas of biogas technology, biomass energy, waste-to-energy, recycling and waste management.
Salman has participated in numerous national and international conferences all over the world.He is a prolific environmental journalist, and has authored more than 300 articles in reputed journals, magazines and websites. In addition, he is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on renewable energy, waste management and environmental sustainability through his blogs and portals.
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