Deforestation Of The Amazon Rainforest

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Since the year 1970, 758,092 square kilometers of the Amazon rainforest have been lost due to deforestation (“Changing Deforestation 1”). Deforestation is the permanent destruction of forests in order to make the land available for other uses and has been extremely prevalent in the Amazon rainforest in recent years. Many argue that the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest is wrongful because of its negative impact on the environment while others argue that it is necessary to keep the Brazilian economy strong. Although it is beneficial to humanity for many reasons, the deforestation of the Amazon should be put to an end at once because of its serious issues and long lasting impacts in the atmosphere, in nature, in human health and in society.
The Amazon rainforest is one of the great wonders of biodiversity on the planet. It is situated in a unique and dynamic geographic location (Oswald 1). The Amazon region is roughly 8.2 million square kilometres in area and falls within the borders of the South American countries of Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana (a colonial state governed by France). The Amazon is sometimes called the “lung of the planet” because of its role in balancing the amounts of gases, such as water vapour, carbon dioxide, and oxygen, in the atmosphere (Oswald 1). The Amazon rainforest is an important asset to people all over the world since it has enriched the lives of many.
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