Rainforest facts

More than 20 percent of the world oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest.

>50% of the world’s estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests. 

20% of the world’s fresh water is in the Amazon Basin.

One hectare may contain over 750 types of trees and 1500 species of higher plants.

At least 80% of the developed world’s diet originated in the tropical rainforest. 

At least 3000 fruits are found in the rainforests; of these only 200 are now in use in the Western World.
The Indians of the rainforest use over 2,000.

While 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, less than 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists.

The current rate of destruction is about 0,4 hectare each second. Expanded, that amounts to 24 hectares/min, 1456/hour, 34964/day, 1052182/month, and 12747597/year.
(2 futbol camps = 1 hectare) 

Tropical forests comprise approximately 7 percent of the earth’s dry land surface (2% of total surface) and sustain over 50 percent of all species.

Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface; now they cover a mere 6%.

Experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years

We are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year.

There were an estimated ten million Indians living in the Amazonian Rainforest five centuries ago. Today there are less than 200,000.

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