Tangley, Laura
August 2006
National Wildlife (World Edition);Aug/Sep2006, Vol. 44 Issue 5, p32H
This article presents information about the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Although international pressure caused a slowdown of the destruction in the 1990s, the Amazon today is in more trouble than ever. Large-scale cattle ranching, logging of high-value timber, legal and illegal colonizing, and soybean growing are causing deforestation. One of the more recent threats to the world's largest rain forest is global warming, which, most scientists agree, caused the drought in 2005 and the resultant forest fires. Amazon deforestation contributes significantly to global warming yet it also offers potential for combating global warming. Carbon-storing in the forest must be conserved because release of it into the atmosphere would have a devastating effect.


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