What If The Amazon Rainforest Was Destroyed?

the natural world is something to be

protected welcome to

for this list we're looking at all the

devastating things that could unfold if

this tropical basin is burned to the


number 10 climate change speeds up trees

are a vital part of the planet's

defenses against climate change one of

the most dangerous greenhouse gases we

need to combat is carbon dioxide a major

contributor to the sun's rays getting

trapped in the atmosphere and heating up

the planet at the moment the Amazon

holds 100 billion metric tons of carbon

so burning the forests would release all

of this plus it would create even more

co2 simply via the process of burning

trees in itself we'd be adding more

carbon dioxide into the atmosphere while

simultaneously reducing the best means

we have of getting rid of it

annihilating one of the planets largest

carbon sinks number nine a small oxygen

loss a widely circulated statistic

claims that the Amazon produces 20% of

the planet's total oxygen but according

to more recently calculated numbers it

actually produces somewhere between 6

and 1% not that this means we shouldn't

worry any oxygen decreases bad news but

again the main concern is more the

carbon dioxide that's not being taken

out of the atmosphere because there only

needs to be a slight increase in co2 to

make the air difficult and dangerous for

humans to breathe destroy the Amazon and

yes we'd lose a small amount of oxygen

from the air but we'd also risk a far

higher percentage of co2 and that's the

problem number 8 major flooding as the

forest disappears a knock-on effect

should be that it starts to rain less

and less across the area but when it

does rain it could be much more extreme

in fact flash floods have already

started to happen in some parts of the

Amazon where deforestation is at its


thanks to sudden rainy spells that are

incredibly intense so much so that in

the last century floods in the Amazon

basin have become five times more common

manmade climate change is largely to

blame for these changes and the region

isn't coping well with them at all with

flood plains remaining under water for

much longer than usual and people's

homes and livelihoods be

ruined number seven the forest could

become a savanna in 2018 two scientists

Thomas Lovejoy and Callie ocean Abbate

published a study on the Amazons

quote-unquote tipping point suggesting

the loss of 20% of the land remaining

could trigger an ecological disaster

according to their estimates if enough

trees are filled for whatever reason

then we could see an effective death

spiral begin plunging the Amazon into

savanna light conditions the once lush

and green landscapes would become arid

and desolate with the species that had

lived there unable to adapt in

acclimatize quickly enough number 6 the

water cycle changes rain forests are a

vital part of the water cycle they're

called rain forests for a reason after

all and should receive wet weather for

most of the year but deforestation not

only messes up when and how regularly it

rains in the actual Amazon it also

reduces the amount of rainfall that

falls even far from the forest itself no

trees means that air currents can't pick

up moisture from those trees which means

there's less moisture in the clouds in

general this means that should the force

to be destroyed the wider Amazon region

could also suffer lengthy droughts

affecting huge numbers of people and

various types of industry most notably

agriculture with such weather extremes

becoming the norm the Amazon and

anywhere close to it could become a very

difficult place to call home

number five there would be even more

fires the region already makes the news

for the fires that are up there but

soaring temperatures a lack of rain and

dried out landscapes mean that

eventually what's left of the Amazon

would become even more susceptible to

large-scale wildfires in fact sweeping

fires are one of the largest threats

facing the Amazon today with experts

fearing that they could spark at almost

any moment the heat could get too much a

stray bolt of lightning could wreak

havoc or the industrial fires we

currently see could get even more out of

control even if deforestation were

one-day halted completely it might be

too late to save the Amazon from this

particular fate number for the economy

crumbles while in the short term the

economy could arguably thrive with a

larger than ever local agricultural

industry in the long run the destruction

of the Amazon will prove financially


naturally the types of Agriculture

expansion that we've seen will one day

become an unsustainable venture given

that once the forest is gone there will

be no more areas to expand into then the

smaller economies and networks and towns

and cities in and around what used to be

the jungle could face ruin with millions

of people directly relying on the Amazon

to sustain their livelihoods at the

moment certain initiatives look set to

use up the rainforest but when that's

done they and every other Amazon reliant

business will have nothing to base

themselves on number three we would lose

vital medicines even now we are

constantly discovering new species deep

in the wilderness of the Amazon basin

and more than simply being something of

interest to us many of these organisms

are vital in the development of our

drugs and medicines since around

three-quarters of vital drugs used to

treat cancer reportedly originate from

the natural world it's clear that such

abundantly diverse places need to be

protected in case there's yet more

treatments that we can yield from them

for example venom from the deadly shadow

doc of Viper endemic to the Amazon has

been used to develop medicine to treat

high blood pressure but if the

rainforest goes then opportunities to

discover similar medicines disappear as

well number two there would be

extinctions a huge ten percent of all

the known species of plants and animals

in the entire world inhabit the Amazon

rainforest many of which can only be

found within its unique ecosystems while

some could well survive the fall of

their homes thanks to conservation

efforts run by wildlife organizations

and some zoos many of them would die if

the destruction to the forest isn't

halted already lots of species in the

Amazon are classified as endangered

thanks to mass deforestation and every

day more and more are put at risk the

disappearance of the Amazon would be a

loss of biodiversity for our planet on

an unprecedented scale and would include

the loss of some creatures that haven't

even been discovered by humans yet

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number one millions of people will die

or be displaced according to the WWF the

Amazon as a whole is home to around 30

million people including 2.7 million

indigenous peoples all of whom would

lose their homes were the rainforests to

be destroyed if climate change kills off

the Amazon gradually over time these

populations would be forced to relocate

into the surrounding and unfamiliar

cities helpless as their entire way of

life is eradicated

if the Amazon is destroyed even more

rapidly by vast forest fires though the

results could be even worse with

particularly isolated settlements at

risk of not being able to escape the

blaze itself no matter how it happens if

the Amazon goes then it would mean

entire cultures wiped out do you agree

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