Amazon Rainforest

By: Hannah Nagib

Facts

  • The Amazon represents over half of the planet's remaining rainforests.
  • It is home to around 2 and a half million different insect species as well as over 40,000 plant species.

  • 10% of the world’s known species live in the Amazon rainforest.

Challenges

  • In both 2005 and 2010 the Amazon rainforest suffered severe droughts that killed off large amounts of vegetation in the worst affected areas.
  • A recent study by climate change experts suggests that a 3 °C rise in world temperatures by the year 2010 would destroy around 75% of the Amazon.
  • Logging interests cut down rain forest trees for timber used in flooring, furniture, and other items.

Summary

What did you learn about the Rain Forest?

The rainforest is a very tough place for the animals. There is a lot of deforestation there. The trees are coming down just for our daily use. So save the trees go virtually!

How important do you think the Rain forest is to people of South America and the world?

I think it is not important to them because they just keep ruining it.

Name one organization that is helping to protect the Rain Forest and what is their purpose?

Save the Amazon Rainforest Organization (STARO) They help with keeping the rainforest alive.