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Treepeace Blog — rainforest

Why We Should Save The Rainforest Part 2: Plants and Animals

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Scientists believe that our planet is home to more than 250,000 plant species, around 8 million animal species, and potentially 30 million insect species. Sad as it is, researchers have studied few of these species to determine potential medicinal properties. The numbers are even more staggering when one considers that at least 70% of pharmaceuticals are derived from living organisms. How Many Undiscovered Species Inhabit Rainforests? Rainforests are home to 50% of the world's plant and animal species, and are by far more densely populated than any other environment on the planet. It is believed that four square miles of...

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Why Should We Save The Rainforest? Part 1: Climate

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These days, you hear all about the catastrophic global impact of carbon emissions released by man. That's all well and good, but did you know that yet another great climate modifier is affected by those same carbon emissions? Without rainforests, the global climate would lose its universal stabilizer and be thrown out of whack. Rainforests Regulate The Climate Plants and trees are more important to the environment than we can measure. They release oxygen that we breathe, and suck up the carbon dioxide that we exhale. According to the World Nature Organization, the rainforests are responsible for absorbing and storing between...

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