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.
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