Amazon Rain Forest setback

Battle in Brazil's rain forest

Amazon rainforest
Amazon rainforestCourtesy NASA
More than 2,000 protesters recently blocked roads and forced inspectors to flee Tailandia, a town in the state of Para, before their work was completed. The logging industry provides jobs for 2,000 to 3,000 people in that area but it is believed that more than 70% of wood felled in the area is of illegal origin. Tailandia, which has a population of around 67,000, was established 19 years ago and in that period it is believed that as much 60% of forest in the area has been destroyed. Some 140 officers raided eight illegal sawmills in the state of Para, confiscating 10,000 cubic metres (353,000 cubic feet) of lumber. Some 160 Brazilian troops have now been sent to join hundreds of police officers involved in efforts to tackle the illegal deforestation.

In the last five months of 2007, another 3,235 sq km (1,250 sq miles) of rain forest were lost.
The Amazon represents over half of the planet's remaining rain forests (Wikipedia). The Amazon rain forest has been considered the "lungs" of the Earth, breathing in carbon dioxide and breathing out oxygen.

Why is the rainforest being destroyed in Brazil?

Click on these links for a more detailed discussion about the major causes of deforestation listed below.

A more profitable use of rain forest land

The latest statistics show that rainforest land converted to cattle operations yields the land owner $60 per acre and if timber is harvested, the land is worth $400 per acre. However, if these renewable and sustainable resources are harvested, the land will yield the land owner $2,400 per acre.
Promoting the use of these sustainable and renewable sources could stop the destruction of the rainforests. By creating a new source of income harvesting the medicinal plants, fruits nuts, oil and other sustainable resources, the rainforests is be more valuable alive than cut and burned.

Click here for more information about Amazon rain forest destruction.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

LEE's picture
LEE says:

I think that the people who are destorying the rain forest should just stop. There are animals that live there and many people over there seems to care about the rain forest.

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 10:04am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

whats more important your needs or animals

posted on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 10:57am
Looney_Tooney's picture
Looney_Tooney says:

Is anyone doing anything about this or is everyone too busy on other things??

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 10:04am
andyshadexx's picture
andyshadexx says:

I think we should save what ever left of the earth for later. Just use what ever we have for now instead of exspand more land.

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 10:11am
MrBig621188's picture
MrBig621188 says:

the US i think will do little due to the ignorence of the bush administration and that funding is being used on other things

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 10:12am
Andy Korman's picture
Andy Korman says:

they r taking out the homes of animals. i mean how would you like it if i came to your house and took it out to make a building there without your permission.

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 10:15am
BLB's picture
BLB says:

illegal deforestation, you rarely here about that.. they probably thought they would've gotten away due to the fact that rain forest is so massive, or they must have thought that no one would notice.

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 10:15am
i's picture
i says:

cut it down

posted on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 10:56am

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