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What If We Lost The Amazon Rainforest?

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how long would it take for the world's

largest rainforest to burn down if we

don't do anything to stop it we'll soon

find out the Amazon rainforest creates

20% of the Earth's oxygen it's home to

30% of the planets species and it holds

the secrets to treating some of our most

deadly diseases if we destroy the Amazon

rainforest the consequences would be

disastrous and they'd be felt all over

the world could we survive without it

why would it have a giant impact on our

healthcare and would we ever be able to

bring it back this is what if and here's

what would happen if the Amazon

rainforest disappeared recently massive

forest fires have become the biggest

threat to the Amazon survival but

unfortunately the fires are just part of

a much bigger problem for example

farming mining and logging are already

responsible for three football fields

worth of deforestation per minute if we

don't do anything to stop this the

Amazon rainforest will disappear

eventually and we'd lose any chance we

have in the battle against climate

change

the Amazon rainforest is one of the most

incredible places on earth

it covers 40% of South America drives

the South American economy and stores 86

billion tons of carbon that would

otherwise be polluting our atmosphere

with an area that's this important you'd

think we would do everything in our

power to protect it but we don't

since 1978 an estimated 750,000 square

kilometers of rainforests have been

destroyed

all thanks to humans if this trend

continues the Amazon rainforest could

disappear within 100 years how bad would

that be for our planet well let's take a

look first starters we'd be losing a

huge amount of our planets biodiversity

the Amazon rainforest has more plant and

animal species than any other

terrestrial ecosystem on earth if we

destroy the Amazon

we'll be destroying all that diversity

too and wiping out an entire ecosystem

at the same time that would have huge

effects on earth we'd all quickly

realize how much we've been relying on

the Amazons resources for food and

medicine most people are surprised when

they find out that hundreds of

prescription drugs have come from things

in the Amazon rainforest we're not just

talking about simple herbal remedies

either we're talking about full-fledged

cancer fighting drugs that are so

important that they've been classified

as essential medicines by the World

Health Organization and we haven't even

scratched the surface yet scientists

estimate that they've studied less than

5% of the plants in the rainforest for

potential medicinal benefits so who

knows what other essential treatments we

could lose without the rainforest but

the most critical problem we face if the

Amazon completely disappeared would be a

faster pace of climate change if the

Amazon rainforest continues to wither

and die it will stop being a source of

oxygen instead it will begin to give off

carbon which we all know is fueling

climate change right now the Amazon has

a natural stockpile of carbon reserves

anywhere from 90 to 140 billion tons of

the stuff

if we woke up tomorrow and found the

Amazon destroyed especially by fire all

that carbon would be floating in the

atmosphere some experts believe that if

this happens

would lose the battle against climate

change but it's not all doom and gloom

there is still hope for the Amazon

rainforest through studies conducted

over the past several decades

researchers have found that tropical

forests may be able to survive human

caused destruction even without human

help a rainforest can start growing

again if it has enough seedlings however

this can only be successful if the

rainforest isn't always under attack so

what can you do to help

well for starters don't eat as much beef

processed beef products such as fast

food hamburgers are full of illegally

sourced beef from the rainforest reduce

the amount of paper you use and choose

renewable energy products whenever you

can renewable energy reduces the amount

of carbon we spew into the atmosphere

from fossil fuels many of which come

from the Amazon rainforest maybe if we

all work together we can restore this

beautiful rainforest to its former glory

but that's a topic for another what-if

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