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THE DESTRUCTION OF THE AMAZON RAINFOREST The Amazon Rainforest is a huge foray of shrub life, trees and exotic natural beauty. The Amazon is in South America, but very most Northern of the continent. The Amazon is fully Self-Supportive ecosystem, with natural "resident wildlife", river system, rich growth and unique unexplored elements and advancements. However, as time goes on, we as humans continue to consume more resources and so begin to eat away at the rich life the Amazon contains. The Amazon is a very fragile ecosystem; if you take one piece away (for example, the trees), the whole system will collapse (no protection for soil below, erosion occurs and so further plant life struggle to grow). "We are shocked to see that the rate of forest loss is now even worse than the late 1980s", says Sarah Tyack of Friends of the Earth. ...read more.


It has been said that the continued development of the Brazilian infrastructure, named Advance Brazil, which is designed to implement $40 Billion towards Motorways, Railways, Hydroelectricity, and housing. If the researchers' estimates are correct, barely five percent of the Amazon will survive as pristine forest by 2020. The rest will be destroyed by logging, infrastructure, oil exploration and new towns. More than two million hectares of the Amazon are currently being cleared every year, and even conservative estimates forecast the clearing rate will continue to rise. Losing the Amazon rainforest can potentially affect the climate, as it plays an important role in soaking up carbon dioxide. "Unfortunately, there is little government control in the Amazonian frontier," said William Laurance of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. "Illegal logging and land-clearing are rampant. New roads that cut into the frontier almost always initiate a process of spontaneous colonization, logging, hunting and land speculation that is almost impossible to stop. ...read more.


There is way around this; the Brazilian Government must create laws and regulations that prevent unsustainable deforestation of the rainforest to occur. If we cut down what we need, only to an ever that matches what nature has the ability to grow. If we match that, then we wont have a problem with the Amazon being cut down and being reduced to rubble. To bring this to a close; The Amazon Rainforest is the largest and most resourceful natural encyclopaedia on Earth. It's diversity and multi-talented abilities are not to be doubted. We shouldn't deny that we should use this to our advantage and develop new medical breakthroughs and scientific discoveries. But, using a valuable asset does not mean (Especially in this case!) rinse it for all it's worth, until it's gone. When it's gone - It's gone! If we do, we are out on a limb, and the impending problems it will undoubtedly cause will be an issue for many years to come. ...read more.

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