Karen Hanover Endorses Rainforest Trust because they help purchase and protect the world’s tropical forests.

Karen Hanover Endorses Rainforest Trust because Rainforests are Crucial to the Continued Existence of the Planet

Rainforests are crucial to human existence.  By absorbing carbon dioxide, rainforests help to reduce the effects of worldwide climate change. In addition to the important role rainforests play in Earth’s climate, they also are an important home to about half of the species of plants and wildlife on the planet.

Rainforests are one of the most important natural resources left on Earth. They safely store billions of tons of carbon, helping ward off climate change. Tropical forests remain untapped resources for scientific and medical discoveries—a quarter of all medicines are sourced from plants found deep in the rainforests. They are also home to thousands of unique animals that depend on the protection of rainforest for their survival.

The Amazon rainforest is best known for its vibrant wildlife and endless canopy. But it also plays a key role in the world’s climate.  It generates rainclouds that water some of the world’s most productive farmlands, from Argentina to Texas.  It also helps buffer us from global warming.  As our cars and power plants spew greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the Amazon’s seemingly boundless plantlife has been soaking up some of that extra carbon.

Karen Hanover Endorses Rainforest Trust because the world’s largest rainforest is now in trouble.  In 2005, the upper Amazon was struck by the worst drought on record. Another followed in 2010.  Scientists say climate change is leading to less rain and higher temperatures. Meanwhile, logging and clear-cutting for agriculture, mining and other industries are accelerating the effect and further drying out the forest.

Karen Hanover Endorses Rainforest Trust and so should you because destruction of tropical forests dramatically reduces the amount of rain that falls in these areas, researchers have discovered. Leeds researchers found that if current rates of deforestation continues, rain could drop by 21 per cent in the Amazon basin’s dry season by 2050.  Their analysis found that air passing over vegetation produces about twice as much rain as that blowing across sparsely covered ground.  In some cases these forests increased rainfall thousands of miles away.

Rainforests once covered 14 per cent of the Earth – now they cover a mere six per cent with one and-a-half acres lost every second to logging companies seeking timber.  Nearly half of the world’s species of plants, animals and microorganisms and experts estimate we are losing 50,000 species a year.  And because of these scary statistics, Karen Hanover endorses Rainforest Trust and so should you.


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