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What Are the Effects of Rapid, Large-scale Clearance of Tropical Rainforests?

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What Are the Effects of Rapid, Large-scale Clearance of Tropical Rainforests? Introduction: How much Rainforest is being destroyed every year, what rainforests offer man, how large-scale clearance takes place, and my opinions about the clearing of the rainforest. Every year 73000sq km of the world rainforets are destroyed. In Latin America alone 42000sq km of rainforest are destroyed. Asia comes in second place destroying 18000sq km every year, followed closely by Africa, which is responsible for the loss of 13000sq km of tropical rainforest every year. In the time it has taken you to read this paragraph, 7 hectares of rainforest have been destroyed. Rainforests are a rich source of hard wood timbers such as mahogany. Logging trees and selling on the timber provides essential income for people in the developing world where many of the world's rainforests are located. A large percentage of the worlds rainforests are situated in L.E.D.C's Brazil is a prime example of a country which depends on the rainforest to provide space and food for its rapidly growing population. This involves extensive clearing of areas of the rainforests to make space for new settlements. The government has cleared large areas or rainforests to create space for the building of new towns; encouraging people to move into these newly cleared spaces, and to farm for themselves (subsistence farming), in an effort to relieve pressure on urban areas and lessen the number of people living in Favelas. The rainforest in Brazil also offer man many types of minerals and contain much of the countries wealth: Bauxite, Iron ore, Copper and other natural resources are all found in the ground under the rainforets and are easily mined. Rapid large-scale clearance of the rainforests happens in several ways. Bulldozers are often used to build new roads destroying everything in their path with little consideration for the environment. Bulldozers are also used when clearing the rainforest to extend and build new mines. Stripping away the soil as well as the trees and plants. ...read more.

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It is going to take time and effort to find other ways of providing my country and it's people with jobs and an income, as well as having sufficient money to repay Brazil's large debts owed to foreign banks. 2. A Yanonami Indians response. Hello, my name is Waura and I live in the Amazon Rainforest. I am a member of the Yanonami. I would have once called it a tribe...but now? I not so sure. Many of our traditions are no longer practised. Our young people talk about going to the city and owning a shop. When I was young we talked about the forest and how it could sustain us for all eternity, but that was a childhood dream and now I know that my rainforest is no longer as it once was. Our way of life is being destroyed with every tree and square km of rainforest that is desecrated by the greedy outsiders, who drive us deeper into the forest seeking places which they have not yet found. For hundreds maybe thousands of years my tribe has lived a simple life. Living in harmony with the rainforest. It supplied us with everything we needed and in return we treated it with respect never harming areas, always moving on before any permanent damage was done. Allowing the forest time to recuperate. The outsiders want us to own a plot of land just like the Kablocloa, who have been forced to grow their food in neat tidy rows and sell there excess produce at market, to leave their old traditions behind for a new life. How can these outsiders understand the forest can't be owed it is all part of Mother Nature. The Kablocloa have learnt the ways of the outsiders and forgotten their traditions! They do not allow the land time to recuperate after using it; they use it as pasture for their cattle. Instead when they need better soil they just clear more land, desecrating there own home, the rainforest! ...read more.

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Sustainable development should mean there is no need to still be damaging the rainforests to any great extent. However because very few countries e.g. Britain, France, Germany ect. Give any money to these projects, which could save the rainforest and its native people there has been little decrease in the amount of rainforest felled or burned each year. Many of the countries who could afford to help Brazil will not give any money for sustainable development until Brazil makes a start at trying to solve its own problems. This creates a vicious circle because Brazil does not have the money to start any projects until other countries supply the money. Another, problem that needs to be addressed, is the illegal burning of rainforests. The rainforests are to big to guard all the time so often, greater areas of rainforest than are licensed get burned. IBAMA only has six helicopters, which are rented at the time of year when the burning occurs, six helicopters to patrol the whole of the Amazon Rainforest is not nearly enough to deter the land owners who burn the rainforest to increase the size of their farms. They gain more from burning the rainforest than they would loose if IBAMA found out and fined them. Brazil is doing very little to stop the destruction of the rainforest and so more species of plants, birds, mammals, reptiles and insects are being lost even as you read this. The problems faced by L.E.D.C.'s trying to protect and save the rainforests are immense, but if only they would start trying to tackle the problems. I have no doubt that if they did worldwide interest in the cause would increase and quickly help to start saving what little is left of the world's rainforests. The signing of the international treaties in 1992, Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as the 1992 Rio Conference show that the problem is slowly being addressed. By the time the world's leaders take action, against the destruction of the world's rainforests will there be anything left to save? ...read more.

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