Amazon Rainforest Destruction on the Decline in 2011
As reported by International Expeditions, the work of the WWF and many other organizations in fighting for more than 40 years to preserve the rainforests seems to be paying off. Forest loss in Brazil fell to the lowest levels since the government began tracking it in 1988. MongaBay.com reports that only about 2,400 square miles of forests were cleared in 2011, which is down 10.9 percent from last year’s losses.
South America’s Amazon region is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, and Amazon river tours can give travelers a chance to see the natural beauty of the region first-hand. The entire region is considered to be endangered, primarily due to industrial companies clearing the land of forests to use it for profit, but the positive effects of preservation efforts are starting to be seen.
The Amazon plays a major role in global ecology, and its well-being directly correlates to the health of the planet. However, much of the Amazon, which encompasses about 40 percent of South America, has been cleared for farming and other industrialization in recent decades. The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) reports that deforestation can significantly reduce the amount of carbon found there, which helps to regulate the global and local climates.