Facts about the Amazon rainforest
Consider These Facts...
• One half of Earth's biodiversity resides in the Amazon rainforest.
• One hectare (2.47 acres) of land can contain over 480 species of trees.
• One square mile of rainforest houses more than 50,000 insect species.
• Over 2,000 species of fish have been identified in the Amazon Basin.
• The U.S. National Cancer Institute has identified 3000 plants with anti-cancer
properties, 70% of these are found only in the rainforest.
• The "living lungs of our Earth," the Amazon rainforest generates over
20% of the world's oxygen.
Some Tragic Realities...
• 1.5 acres of rainforest is lost every second.
• Over 34 square acres of rainforest are burned every 23 seconds.
• Up to 78 million acres of rainforest are destroyed every year.
• 80-90% of Earth's remaining rainforest is predicted to disappear
by the year 2020.
• 137 species of plants and animals go extinct every day.
• 50,000 species of plants and animals go extinct every year.
• It was only 500 years ago that the indigenous population was in the millions.
• Deforestation is the second principal source of atmospheric carbon dioxide,
contributing 25% of carbon emissions to our atmosphere.