Weather and Climate
Tropical rainforests are important because they provide oxygen, take in carbon dioxide, and are a huge source of biodiversity and cultural diversity. Rainforests around the world also provide people with food and spices, for example, allspice, vanilla, cacao, cassava, ginger, bananas, black pepper, sugar cane, nutmeg and more. With all of this use, we need to be concerned about the stress we are putting on rainforests. About thirty acres of trees are cut in tropical rainforests every minute! People are logging for firewood, charcoal, building materials and other uses. Trees are being removed for commercial agriculture, which may cause permanent damage.