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Tiki the Penguin's guide for kids which explains why so much life on Earth is in trouble
Tiki the Penguin's guide for kids which explains why so much life on Earth is in trouble
I'm a dodo, now extinct because of humans

Forests

The most famous forests in the world are those of the Amazon in South America, but there many others. Some are in the tropics (tropical rainforest) but most are in Russia and Canada (Click link  for 'Boreal forest biome' videoboreal forest). It is the tropical rainforests which are particularly rich in different types of plants and creatures.
Peole using chain saws kill millions of trees every yearAnd
people
are
cutting
and
burning
these forests more and more both for their timber and to make new ranch land for raising yet more animals for rich people to eat (poor people can't afford meat), palm oil plantations and crops like soybeans . The boreal forests are going fast too, mostly for making paper for newspapers, magazines and offices.
Palm oil
The World Wildlife Fund says an area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. Say no to palm oil
What are soybeans used for?
Most (about 75 percent) are used as animal feed to increase meat production. You could say the ever increasing demand by humans for meat is costing the Earth when you think about it. Not only rainforests are destroyed but the millions of farm animals also produce massive amounts of greenhouse gases and create serious water pollution affecting both rivers and the sea.

Trees in at one end - paper out at the other. And it's almost all thrown away.
what's all this destruction for?

"... most experts agree that we are losing upwards of 80,000 acres of tropical rainforest daily, and significantly degrading another 80,000 acres every day on top of that. Along with this loss and degradation, we are losing some 135 plant, animal and insect species every day — or some 50,000 species a year — as the forests fall."
Source: Scientific American



Remember, it's not just the trees that are lost but all the animals whose home the forest was like monkeys, tigers or parrots.

According to the World Resources Institute, more than 80 percent of the Earth’s natural forests already have been destroyed. Source: National Geographic

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