The Amazon rainforest.

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Hypothesis: The Brazilian government has a responsibility to control the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest more tightly.

The purpose of this assignment is to research the above hypothesis and come to a conclusion, either agreeing or disagreeing with the hypothesis.

 What is deforestation and why has the Brazilian government allowed deforestation to take place in the Amazon rainforest?

Deforestation is the cutting down and burning of trees. The Brazilian government has let deforestation to take place in the Amazon rainforest because it carries lots of investments into Brazil; mostly by multi-national companies (MNCs).Also deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has bought factories, power stations and work for people of Brazil. The deforestation of rainforest areas has improved the infrastructure of Brazil, many highways and roads have been made for the transportation of wood. There are worldwide request for woods such as mahogany, therefore it seems deforestation must take place.

Some residents of the area want more land to grow crops on as an outcome they clear out the forest. Also Brazil’s population is increasing faster which means that more space is required to grow crops on.


What are the negative consequences of deforestation for the environment?

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 There are many negative consequences of deforestation for the environment (locally and globally). For example, deforestation causes global warming which changes the climate (weather) throughout the world. When tresses are burnt CO2 is produced and because CO2 is a greenhouse gas, it rises in the atmosphere and blocks the heat rising away from earth. This causes floods because the heat that is trapped inside the earth can melt the ice blocks in the oceans; also trees need water from the soil for photosynthesis (transportation). This water is afterwards condensed into the atmosphere as water vapour which forms rain.

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