• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How can we make the rainforest sustainable?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How can we make the rainforest sustainable? The rainforest is at the centre of a major conflict. One side is that of those who wish to protect the forest, and to leave it as it is naturally, and the other side is that of people who wish to use the rainforest to make a quick profit. The habitants of the rainforest are stuck in the middle of it all. The forest is their home so, obviously, they wish to protect and preserve it but they also wish to improve their style of living and to use its resources to find work. The solution to this is to manage the rainforest in a way that uses the resources carefully. Trees are thought of as a renewable source but they are only renewable when used and managed properly. At present nobody takes responsibility for the rainforest so the forest is not managed and is left open to illegal logging and conversion to other land uses. ...read more.

Middle

Rainforest habitants can produce up to 5800kg of shelled corn and 4500kg of vegetable crops per hectare per year. Forest cleared for cattle ranching produces as little as 10kg of beef per hectare. Lastly, the habitants of the rainforest will die out, they cannot survive without the forest to live in. The following are effects that take place globally. Rainforests are crucial to the regulation of the world's climate. Without the rainforests the tropics will be come hotter and drier and the temperate regions will become colder. The rainforests are vital in the process of pumping heat from the hot regions to the cooler regions. Over 50% of the world's plants, animals and insects would be at threat if the rainforests were destroyed. With the forests go the world's gene pool which may be vital to future agriculture. Currently modern farming relies on just eight crops to provide 75% of our food. That lack of diversity makes modern agriculture extremely vulnerable to pests, disease and climatic change. ...read more.

Conclusion

Industries such as rubber tapping, harvesting of natural oils and resins earn twice as much as cattle ranching and six times as much as logging and they do not harm the rainforest. If the people who live and work in the forests concentrated on industries like these it would help a lot of people and have major effects on the Earth. Many medicines and cures are yet to found from deep in the rainforest. If the rainforests were protected then, possibly, they would be able to find cures for deadly diseases such as Aids and Cancer. If someone would take responsibility for the rainforest then they could manage what takes place. This would put an end to all the illegal logging and conversion. They could also mark out national parks and reserves. If Brazil didn't owe as much money to foreign countries then it would not be so bothered about making such a big profit, this would create a balance between profit and conservation. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Physical Geography section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Physical Geography essays

  1. Epping Forest

    the trampling scale and the soil compaction. In a scatter graph there is something called a "line of best fit" this enables us to find out whether the correlation is negative or positive between the two quantities. Pie Charts Pie charts are very easy to understand, if the key is given.

  2. Equatorial Rainforest.

    When plants and animals respire, Carbon Dioxide is given out. When the plants in the rainforest photosynthesise they take in some of this Carbon Dioxide and give back out Oxygen. The CO2-O2 cycle is kept going. When rainforests are removed, a considerable amount of trees and plant life are destroyed.

  1. Free essay

    Notes on Solar power.

    It's just one part of a variety of innovative ways Canada can become more efficient and ultimately more competitive in the 21st century. But wind farms, like any development, need to be sited properly and appropriately. Environmental assessments must be conducted and wind farms placed in areas where they can have the greatest positive effect with the smallest environmental footprint.

  2. The role of leadership in global politics: do leaders make a difference?

    A similar problem attaches to the notion of calendars that were once the principal programs organizing the emergence of civilization. A calendar might be thought of as a program that orders a temporal sequence and tells us how to act in relation to it or else it might also be

  1. Rainforest Project. What is destroying the rainforest?

    In temperate rainforests, most of the animals are ground dwellers and there are fewer animals living in the forest canopy. The soil of a tropical rainforest is only about 3-4 inches (7.8-10 cm) thick and is ancient. Thick clay lies underneath the soil.

  2. Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest and development in the rest of Brazil

    It states: 'Brazil has a large trade deficit'. This meaning; Brazil is spending more money on imports then exports; therefore they are losing out on money, which leads to more DEBT! This source also says that 'In the year beginning 1999, Brazil needed to find about $95bn to fund its debt obligations and to pay for its trade deficit.'

  1. Describe and explain why the rainforest is being destroyed and what the effects of ...

    the river is dammed. In doing so it destroys millions of trees, killing animals which have made their homes in the vegetation and surrounding area. With the decomposing bodies of animals, the water soon becomes toxic and unsafe for human consumption.

  2. Physical Geography Earth revision notes

    You always get the warm front first . Blue lines with triangles ? cold front Red lines with semicircles ? warm front Responses to global warming Two types of response to climate change * Adaptation ? planning to reduce the damaging effects of global warming * Mitigation ? trying to slow down global warming by controlling greenhouse gases .

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work