The Amazon Rainforest

Yuliza Avalos , contributor

The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest tropical rainforest. 70% of South America’s GPD is produced in an area that receives rainfall or water from the Amazon. 80% of the species haven’t been discovered in the Amazon forest. They’re estimated to have 300 billion individual trees divided into 16,000 species. The rainforest pumps out a staggering 20% of the world’s oxygen.  The vast majority of the oxygen we breath actually comes from microorganisms throughout the world’s ocean.

On Thursday, August 15 a fire started in the Amazon. The fire was started by humans in the service of mining, logging, and agriculture. 30% of the forest was burnt down. Over 80% of the world’s food varieties originate from the Amazon rainforest, including coffee, which is the reason enough to preserve our books. More than 25% of the medicine comes from the Amazon rainforest. If things continue the way they are, there won’t be anything left in 40 years.

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