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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 TROPICAL DEFORESTATION The world's tropical forests are disappearing at a startling rate. The earth was covered with 14.8billion acres of tropical rainforests8,000 years ago. Today, merely half of that quantity remains. Latin America and Asia have lost approximately 40% of their original forests, and Africa has lost more than 50%. THE DEATH OF OUR FORESTS At the current rate of deforestation, all tropical rainforestswill be gone by 2110. 25% 5% Other Logging 10% *Other includesurbanization, dams,mining, etc. 40% Smallholding agriculture Cattle ranching 20% CO2 Save The Rainforest! - Plant trees!- Boycott destructive companies - Reduce your beef consumption - Spread the word! LATIN AMERICA:SOUTHEAST ASIA:AFRICA: EQUIVALENT TO 13 FOOTBALL FIELDS AVERAGE AREA CLEARED PER YEAR WHAT IS AFFECTED BY TROPICAL DEFORESTATION? Deforestation represents of greenhouse emissions 15% Disruption of Water Cycles Increased Greenhouse Gas Emissions Disruption of Water Cycles Rainforests contain170,000 of the world's 250,000 plant species No trees to anchor fertile soil. Animal Species Soil Erosion Imbalance in perticipationand river flow Inbalance in trophic levels &increased fighting for living area.-> Extinction Deforestation Drivers Large-scale agriculture SOURCES: - - - No trees = carbon sink = climate change = 60,000 hectares
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