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    The Amazon rain forest at the verge of destruction.What you need to know.

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    The Amazon rain forest at the verge of destruction.What you need to know.
    • February 18, 2024 • 2 months ago
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    The Amazon rain forest, also widely known as the largest natural rain forest is at the verge of collapse as much of the evergreen forest cover has been eroded by a range of threats and variables.
    • A new study revealed that a tenth of the Amazon was susceptible to becoming a grassland or some form of degraded ecosystem.
    • The forest has been victimised with burning to create land and pasture for cattle predominantly in the Mato Grosso state of Brazil.
    • The rain forain's destruction could also lead to the endangering of over 2000 species of terrestrial wild life due to the diverse ecosystem contained in the helm of the forest.

    A climate change study revealed that upto half of the Amazon could transfrom into a weakened ecosystem in the coming decades. 

    Huge areas are being damaged beyond repair by the effects of deforestation and severe drought which the region is currently experiencing and these stresses in the most vulnerable parts of the rain forest could drive the entire forest ecosystem into acute water stress yet it is the homeland to a tenth of the planet's land species.

    The collapse of part or all of the Amazon rain forest would release the equivalent of several years worth of global emissions because the trees that absorb and store vast amounts of carbon dioxide as well pump huge amounts of water into the atmosphere.

    In the event of their loss, global rainfall patterns will also be disturbed as the forest alone contributes 34% of the total global rainfall received annually.

    Governments in the south American region have been urged to not only reduce carbon emissions but also restore 5% of the forest or face a mirage of problems in the future decades.

    The Amazon forest, covering much of northwestern Brazil and extending into 9 other south American countries is the world's largest tropical rain forest. 

    Famed for its biodiversity, it also engulfs the world's largest river, River Amazon which is widely considered as the lungs of the earth by ecologists.

    In the recent years, the tropical rain forest has been eroded by deforeststion especially for cases of creating land for cattle rearing affecting food and crop production in the north western of Brazil.

    Mainly known as the world's biggest producer of bananas, the reduction in food crop production will have to emerge due to dependence on the rain forest for rainfall thus rendering many unemployed as the country depends on agriculture as a major source of income.

    The effects of climate change are taking a rampage move on the globe. An American research study indicated rise of 1.5 °C in the world temperatures. An effect that was last noticed 7 years in the Death Valley.

    The death valley in California is also known as the hottest place in the world with temperatures rising upto a scale of over 40°C.

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