Future of Rainforests

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The future of the world's rainforests looks bad. Half of the world's rainforests have been lost and much of what remains could be lost in the future unless some kind of action is taken to prevent anymore destruction. Today rainforests are in a lot of danger of becoming extinct. According to the National Academy of Science, at least 50 million acres a year are lost, an area the size of England, Wales and Scotland combined. (http://www.ran.org/info_center/about_rainforests.html)

But there are also many things that are being done to eliminate this issue. There are organisations such as Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund for Nature which educate the world's population and its leaders about the need to conserve the remaining areas of the rainforests more carefully. Another way in which this issue is treated is by setting protected reserves and the building of biosphere reserves which certain expert conduct experiments in.

Over three thousand tropical rainforest sites are now protected from logging and destruction thanks to all the organisations and helpers around the world.

If everyone helps educate people about rainforests, rainforests will be preserved for thousands of years. (http://www.geco.org.au/Rainforest/rsos.html)

Rainforests cover around 6% of the worlds mass yet its home to more than half of the world's species. They originally covered at least twice that area. (http://www.ran.org/info_center/about_rainforests.html)

Different rainforests receive different amounts of rain, some as low as 4 metres or as much as 25 metre. Most parts of rainforests are made up of heavy vegetation which blocks the rainfall, and water reaches the rainforest floor by going down trees and branches. Rainforests are the Earth's oldest living ecosystems. Records from fossils show that the rainforests of South East Asia have existed for around 70 to 100 million years. Most primary rainforests are located around the equator and between the tropic of...