What's happening to the Rainforest?

We are losing many plants, animals and insects from the rainforest, just as we are beginning to understand their true value. Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth's land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and it is probable that there will be no rainforests left in less than 40 years.

One and a half acres of rainforest are lost every second with tragic consequences for every country in the world.
Nearly half of the world's species of plants, animals and micro-organisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next 25 years due to destruction of the rainforests.

Experts estimate that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every day due to rainforest destruction. That is about 50,000 species a year. As the rainforest species disappear, so do the cures for many life-threatening diseases.
Most rainforests are cleared by chainsaws, bulldozers and fires for timber and farming.
There were around 10 million Indians living in the Amazonian Rainforest 500 years ago. Today there are less than 200,000.

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