Forests and extinction

Forests house most of the biodiversity found on the ground. Rainforests are especially important, they are the strongest fighters against global warming, and they also host almost 80% of the species found on the ground, besides taking up only 10% of global land area. Only 10% which gets hastily reduced to set up food farms and commercial agriculture.  

Deforestation endangers all the species which have rainforests for their home. Already weakened by warmer temperatures, scarce food supply (overfishing), and illegal hunting, exhausted animals are pushed out of their environments when forests are being taken away from them. A few species become extinct every day[1], up to 1,000 times more than in normal conditions, which would be 1 to 5 species a year. 


[1] https://www.earthday.org/2018/05/18/fact-sheet-global-species-decline/

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