Rainforests Should Remain Conserved

by Stephanie

The Amazon Rainforest can help reduce climate change and global warming as long as it continues to keep sucking up carbon from our atmosphere. The Amazon is over 1.4 billion acres of dense forest, considered about half of the planet’s natural rainforest located across 8 countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

Deforestation has negative effects because not only will the removal of these trees create a lower consumption of carbon in the atmosphere, but the tree removal process itself (tree burning and decomposition) releases even more CO2 and methane gases.

Over the past 7 years, NASA has conducted studies that show proof that the Amazon Rainforest needs to be conserved. It’s shown through their studies that the rainforest removes more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it emits. Researchers discovered that the 2005 and 2010 Amazon Rainforest droughts occurred due to climate change and they wanted to research the impact of carbon on tree deaths. NASA’s recent research wanted to measure tree deaths due to natural causes without including human impact.  Researchers discovered that every 2% of the trees die of natural causes, while 0.1 percent was caused by being blown down.

After reviewing this recent research, it seems that little impact is done by natural processes but that the conservation of these trees should be kept under close eye since these trees are removing a ton of carbon emissions from the air we breathe. It’s important to conserve trees, especially large rainforests to help create a balanced eco-system and to reduce climate change.

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