70% of these plants arefound in the rainforest.

Purchasing sustainable rainforest products can effect positive change by creating a market for these products whilesupporting the native people's economy and provides the economic solution and alternative to cutting the forest just forthe value of its timber.

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Obviously, rainforests are not idle land, nor are they uninhabited.

With them havegone centuries of accumulated knowledge of the medicinal value of rainforest species.

But when rainforests die, so do the indigenous peoples.

Industrial countries would not be buying rainforest hardwoods and timber had we not cut down our own trees long ago, nor would poachers in the Amazon jungle be slaughtering jaguar, ocelot, caiman, and otter if we did not provide lucrative markets for their skins in Berlin, Paris, and Tokyo.

even in South America and even in the rainforest.

The loss of tropical rainforests has a profound and devastating impact on the world because rainforests are so biologically diverse, more so than other ecosystems (e.g., temperate forests) on Earth.

More than 20 percent of the world oxygen isproduced in the Amazon Rainforest.

How do we save the world's vanishing old-growth forests?

This ocean of green, nearly as large as Australia, is the last great rainforest in the known universe and it is being decimated like the others before it.

How do we save the world’s vanishing old-growth forests?

The simple fact is that people are destroying the Amazon rainforest and the rest of the rainforests of the world because "they can't see the forest for the trees."

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Brazil is gifted with a full third of the world's remaining rainforests; unfortunately, it is also one of the world's great rainforest destroyers, burning or felling more than 2.7 million acres each year.

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The demand, extraction, and consumption of tropical hardwoods has been so massive that some countries that have been traditional exporters of tropical hardwoods are now importing them because they have already exhausted their supply by destroying their native rainforests in slash-and-burn operations.

However, the inner dynamics of a tropical rainforest is an intricate and fragile system.

Rainforests of the world, Crown Publishers, New York

” Plant diversity of the Malesian tropical rainforest and its phytogeographical and economic significance,” in: Ecology, conservation and management of Southeast Asian Rainforests, Richard Primack and Thomas Lovejoy, eds., Yale University Press, New Haven, pp.

The enormous Amazon River carries massive amounts of silt from runoff from the rainforest floor.

Why is the Brazilian rainforest vanishing so fast

The same attitudes that accompanied the colonization of our own frontier are found today in Brazil and other countries with wild and unharnessed rainforest wilderness.

The diversity of plant species in the Amazon rainforest is the highest on Earth.

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Like other rainforests already lost forever, the land is being cleared for logging timber, large-scale cattle ranching, mining operations, government road building and hydroelectric schemes, military operations, and the subsistence agriculture of peasants and landless settlers.