Deforestation and Global Environmental Change
Deforestation of the world's rainforests is a growing and alarming problem given the twin facts that rainforests host more than 50 percent of the world’s population of plant and animal species and serve as a critical mechanism for regulating temperatures and weather patterns. Most critically, rainforests serve as a vital sink (absorption mechanism) for CO2 – the leading greenhouse gas that causes global. In addition, the Amazon rainforest alone emits approximately “seven trillion tons of water per year into the atmosphere, which ultimately turns into water vapor which plays a critical role in cooling and global climate patterns” (Abate & Wright, 2010). And what is more, scientists...
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