The planet earth is in serious jeopardy due to global warming. The polar ice caps are melting at an astonishing rate. Severe flooding and droughts are creating havoc around the world. All nations must begin to address, formulate, and implement the necessary solutions to reduce global warming before it becomes irreversible. Developed countries can drastically reduce the emission of green house gasses (GHG) which are destroying the ozone layer by reducing the destruction of rainforests, switching from electric generating power plants that are burning fossil fuels, to electricity generated by wind technology, and reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from vehicles.
Rainforest once covered fourteen percent of the earth’s
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The felling of trees in Central Africa affects the rainfall in the upper and lower U.S. Midwest (“Climatic”). Rain forests are known as the Lungs of the World because they absorb enormous amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The absorbed carbon dioxide is converted to oxygen through photosynthesis and then released into the atmosphere. Any unused carbon dioxide from the photosynthesis process is stored in the trunks of the trees for centuries (Connor). A total of two hundred and forty billion tons of carbon is contained in all the rainforests throughout the tropical countries (NASA). For a clearer perspective, the total amount of carbon released in the atmosphere from burning fossil fuel and land-use-changes amounts to ten billion tons annually (NASA).
Destruction of the rainforests by the “slash and burn” method contributes 1.5 billion metric tons of carbon into the earth’s atmosphere on an annual basis (Biello). Deforestation alone accounts for twenty percent of all global carbon emissions released into the atmosphere (NASA). When trees are felled and burned, the carbon dioxide that was once stored in the trunks and roots of trees is now being released into the atmosphere. According to Werner Kurtz, a forest ecologist with Natural Resources Canada, “Forest Depletion ultimately contributes more GHG emissions than all the cars and trucks in use worldwide” (Biello). It is estimated that El Nino conditions will last for