The Rainforests - Why Save The Rainforests?
The Rainforests > Why Save The Rainforests?
Author: Mark Naughton
Why the rush? Why save something that is a thousand miles away? Although they may be far away the Rainforests affect all of us, as the following will demonstrate.
Scientists have debated over global warming for years and the considered opinion is that global warming is a natural process as seen from ice cores drilled from a kilometre beneath the polar ice caps. Scientists also state that due to global warming, the temperature of the Earth will raise by a number of degrees Celsius over the next hundred years.
To analyse the first point, global warming may well be a natural process but it would have an affect over many years. Man has accelerated this since the start of the Industrial Revolution with poor waste management and over reliance on fossil fuels. And with the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the Earth is getting slightly warmer - hence the cause and effect scenario.
Over 2,500 scientists from around the world have studied global warming and have determined that actions involving humans have changed the weather.
So what do the Rainforests do?
Due to their precise positioning in the monsoon regions, the Rainforests attract heavy rainfall - but how does this help the climate?
To mention the Earth's tilt again. The Earth's tilt in axis of rotation is normally 23.5 degrees from the perpendicular to the orbit plane.
But the Earth's tilt is out by 3 more degrees causing instability within the core. If this increases to 5 degrees then unpredictable results will happen. As you will read later, if all of the Rainforests are destroyed by 2012, then there is no way this error can be corrected.
If the climate is affected due to warmer temperatures and changing wind patterns coupled with the disappearing forests, the rain is unlikely to fall in sufficient quantities in the right places that would cool the Earth. These areas would then be more prone to flash floods and mudslides. Remember what the Rainforests did for us - where's the carbon dioxide going to go? Where's the oxygen going to come from? Why are breathing-related diseases on the increase?
An interesting point can be raised here. What about the forests of Europe, USA and Canada? These are just as important to help maintain life on Earth but as they are primarily temperate forests (grow at higher latitudes), they do not attract enough water to cool the Earth. These forests are also under threat from logging corporations who do not use sustainable practices.
Scientists consider global warming as the effect on the temperature and climate of the Earth but does anyone consider the Earth's core?
An answer could state that the crust and mantle are several thousand kilometres thick so what would the effect be? Imagine this...Imagine standing next to a central heating radiator - how long before the radiator's heat becomes too uncomfortable and you have to move?
Sunlight is reflected back into space from the Earth's oceans and is trapped within the atmosphere by greenhouse gases. These gases are water vapour and carbon dioxide which absorb heat, thereby warming the Earth. If there wasn't a natural greenhouse effect, the Earth's temperature would be -18 degrees Celsius instead of the present 14 degrees Celsius.
How long will it be before the Earth has to move?
It can be said that this situation will take years - OK, point taken. But how short a time will it be if the current estimates that we have until 2012 before all of the Rainforests are destroyed and with them, our primary system for carbon dioxide absorption, oxygen replenisher and Earth cooling?
As the whole Earth becomes warmer, we can see evidence of more volcanoes, earthquakes, floods and unusual weather - pages on this website illustrate this from 2000 onwards and even this list is incomplete. A semi-argument simmers. Surely this is the Natural Earth? My answer would be that volcanoes that have lain dormant for years suddenly erupt without warning or unexpected earthquakes that hit cities or floods, outside the monsoon season, killing thousands. It is only what I see that I can tell. If we do not act to stop the destruction of the Rainforests, the climate pattern known as El Nino will appear to be very inconsequential indeed.
The Earth's Temperature
The second point raised from our initial discussion, talks of temperature increase. The scientists state that the global temperature will rise by 2.5 to 10.4 degrees Celsius (1998 was the hottest year on record) over the next one hundred years, on top of the one degree that we are experiencing now! (It is even stated that as the sea surface temperature gets warmer, El Nino's will become more intense and frequent).
In 5 years time, will the current predictions still be true or will the global temperature increase by 5 degrees?? As we saw above, the Earth is getting warmer and this brings new problems. When the temperature increases, and the Earth's tilt changes, we have the danger that the polar ice caps will melt, thereby raising sea levels by hundreds of feet. Along with the mass extinction of animals and plants, the map of the Earth will be irreversibly changed.
Now as the polar ice caps melt, all of this frozen freshwater enters the conveyor belt system that circulates warm water around the Earth. This cold freshwater will dilute the warm salty water and effectively turn off this system. Then comes the Ice Age.
I am not against what the scientists have told us. It is a fact that the Rainforests are being destroyed more quickly than ever as the World's desire for the wood and land that they occupy is sold to the furniture, paper and meat industries. Sustainable resources exist and with proper waste management, although initially expensive, will reap more benefits, environmentally and financially, as time moves on.
I have watched in dismay as each tree is fallen and acres are swallowed up by fire. I find it hard to believe why the logging companies persist in destroying the Rainforests and return again and again to reduce something so beautiful to a barren wasteland just so someone somewhere can add a few more dollars or pounds to their bank balance while Environmental groups across the Earth campaign relentlessly, some even put themselves in front of the bulldozers, so that people are made more aware that the forests are more important to us than money, and that if the forests are gone, there will not be much time left.
Document last updated on Tuesday 30 August 2011
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