Amazing Facts

Threats to Rainforests, Indigenous People and Species

  1. Rainforests are threatened by unsustainable agricultural,
    ranching, mining and logging practices.

  2. Before 1500 A.D., there were approximately 6 million
    indigenous people living in the Brazilian Amazon. But as the
    forests disappeared, so too did the people. In the early
    1900s, there were less than 250,000 indigenous people living
    in the Amazon.

  3. Originally, 6 million square miles of tropical rainforest
    existed worldwide. But as a result of deforestation, only 2.6
    million square miles remain.

  4. At the current rate of tropical forest loss, 5–10 percent of
    tropical rainforest species will be lost per decade.

  5. Nearly 90 percent of the 1.2 billion people living in
    extreme poverty worldwide depend on forests for their

  6. Fifty-seven percent of the world's forests, including most
    tropical forests, are located in developing countries.

  7. Every second, a slice of rainforest the size of a football
    field is mowed down. That's 86,400 football fields of
    rainforest per day, or over 31 million football fields of
    rainforest each year.

  8. More than 56,000 square miles of natural forest are lost
    each year.

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