Globalteer. Volunteer Peru Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer to care for rescued wildlife from the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest in the Madre de Dios Region of Peru. The Peru Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary is a rescue, rehabilitation and release centre that is devoted to promoting and protecting the welfare of rainforest animals and the conservation of their natural environment in the Amazon rainforest. Buying and selling endangered and protected wildlife is the third biggest illegal trade in the world after arms and drugs, moving over US$20 million worth of wild species per year. The illegal and uncontrolled extraction of animals from the Amazon is deeply affecting the biodiversity of the rainforest to the point that some species are now endangered.
Many of the animals at the centre have been rescued from the illegal trafficking and pet trade or abusive homes, and are often arrive injured or stressed. Volunteer Duties Apply now for your volunteer placement at the Peru Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary. Why Logging is Good and Bad. Deforestation Facts for Kids - The World Counts. TheWorldCounts, 22 July, 2014 When you see paper and wood, what do you think of? Do you think of the tree that was felled to make the product?
Before we started to build cities many centuries ago, they say that 60% of the Earth was covered in Forests. Now, there is less than 10% left. Deforestation is when forests are converted for other purposes by cutting down the trees to clear the land for other use. What you need to know about Deforestation Can you imagine Earth without forests?
13 million hectares of forest have been cleared for other uses or by natural disaster. More facts: Rainforests cover only 6% of the world’s surface… yet they are home to more than 50% of the plant and animal species on Earth.A patch of rainforest measuring 4 square miles can contain as many as 1,500 flowering plants, 400 species of birds, 750 species of trees and 150 species of butterflies. Why are Rainforests Important? Rainforests help regulate the Earth’s temperature and weather patterns. Reduce. References. What is deforestation? What is deforestation? Deforestation is when humans remove or clear large areas of forest lands and related ecosystems for non-forest use. These include clearing for farming purposes, ranching and urban use.
In these cases, trees are never re-planted. Since the industrial age, about half of world's original forests have been destroyed and millions of animals and living things have been endangered. Why do humans clear forest lands? Trees are cut down (deforestation) for many reasons including To be used, sold or exported as timber, wood or fuel (charcoal). To be used for farming purposes (grazing fields for livestock, or large-scale farming activities) To make room for human settlement and urbanization (these include making space for shelter, industries, and roads) To make room for mining.
In all the reasons above, the trees cut are usually very well developed trees that have taken many years to mature. Rainforest. Rainforests are forests characterized by high rainfall, with annual rainfall in the case of tropical rainforests between 250 and 450 centimetres (98 and 177 in), and definitions varying by region for temperate rainforests. The monsoon trough, alternatively known as the intertropical convergence zone, plays a significant role in creating the climatic conditions necessary for the Earth's tropical rainforests.
Rainforests as well as endemic rainforest species are rapidly disappearing due to deforestation, the resulting habitat loss and pollution of the atmosphere. Tropical Worldwide tropical rainforest zones. Tropical rainforests are characterized by a warm and wet climate with no substantial dry season: typically found within 10 degrees north and south of the equator. Temperate Layers Emergent layer Canopy layer Understory layer Forest floor The forest floor, the bottom-most layer, receives only 2% of the sunlight. Flora and fauna Soils Effect on global climate Human uses Native peoples See also. Cutting Down Rainforests Also Cuts Down on Rainfall. When Amazon rainforest disappears, so does Amazon rain. That's the conclusion of new research that shows deforestation can significantly reduce tropical rainfall far from the area where trees have been cut down.
That's because air passing over forests picks up moisture given off by trees and plants, fueling rains. When those trees disappear, so does some of that rain. "What we found was this really strong impact -- air that traveled over a lot of forest brought a lot more rain than air that didn't travel over very much forest," said lead author Dominick Spracklen of the University of Leeds. His research, published yesterday in the journal Nature, helps reconcile a situation that has puzzled scientists. Climate models project that Amazon deforestation would reduce rainfall regionally. But limited observations show that rainfall in deforested areas is higher than in areas where the rainforest is still intact.
Rain Forest Threats, Rain Forest Species. More than half of Earth’s rain forests have already been lost forever to the insatiable human demand for wood and arable land. Rain forests that once grew over 14 percent of the land on Earth now cover only about 6 percent. And if current deforestation rates continue, these critical habitats could disappear from the planet completely within the next hundred years. The reasons for plundering rain forests are mainly economic. Wealthy nations drive demand for tropical timber, and cash-strapped governments often grant logging concessions at a fraction of the land’s true value. Threats Solutions. Forests. Tropical rainforest Tropical rainforests contain the greatest species diversity of all biomes on Earth, and are thought to be the world’s oldest living ecosystems. Found near the equator in Africa, Asia and Central and South America, these are lush, dense forests characterised by consistently heavy rainfall and year-round high temperatures of between 18 and 25 degrees Celsius.
In a single year, a tropical rainforest can experience an impressive 254 centimetres of rain, often causing nutrients to leach from the soil. This, combined with the lack of light penetrating through the trees, means that very few plants grow on the forest floor, which is instead mostly covered with soil and dead plants. The understory or ‘shrub layer’ of the tropical rainforest is the next level up from the forest floor, and typically contains small trees or bushes that rarely exceed 3.5 metres in height. Did you know? Temperate forest Did you know? Boreal forest Mediterranean forest. Why are rainforests being destroyed? Deforestation Facts, Deforestation Information, Effects of Deforestation. Modern-Day Plague Deforestation is clearing Earth's forests on a massive scale, often resulting in damage to the quality of the land. Forests still cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area, but swaths the size of Panama are lost each and every year.
The world’s rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the current rate of deforestation. Forests are cut down for many reasons, but most of them are related to money or to people’s need to provide for their families.The biggest driver of deforestation is agriculture. Logging operations, which provide the world’s wood and paper products, also cut countless trees each year. Not all deforestation is intentional.
Deforestation has many negative effects on the environment. Deforestation also drives climate change. Removing trees deprives the forest of portions of its canopy, which blocks the sun’s rays during the day and holds in heat at night. Forest fires in Indonesia choke much of south-east Asia | Environment. Trees for the Future » Help Us Change the World, One Tree at a Time. Stay in Touch via Email Sign up to receive updates from Trees for the Future Follow Us on Social Media In Tanzania, children plant seedlings near their school in a project sponsored by Trees for the Future Trees for the Future plants trees worldwide for their ecological benefits AND to help local people in need. Since our founding in 1989, we’ve planted close to 100 million trees around the world!
Crucially, our staff works with local farmers on agroforestry techniques tailored to the needs of the community. Learn More Learn more about Trees for the Future on our Frequently Asked Questions page. Building Bridges to the Future :: Spotlight: Cocoa Farming. Spotlight: Cocoa Farming Women cocoa farmers in Aceh need our help On the border of a remote and enormous rainforest in Aceh Province, Indonesia, a tiny and fearless group of women farmers are fighting to preserve their communities' traditions and keep the surrounding rainforest strong and vibrant. They are losing. The area in which they live is called Aceh Timur (East Aceh), and it is one of the most fertile cocoa growing regions in the world.
Aceh Timur was virtually closed off to this type of environmental holocaust for 30 years. But close by, in two remote villages, live some remarkable women -- survivors of the conflict that took scores of family members including husbands, parents, and relatives old enough to remember when cocoa farming kept their communities and their traditions vibrant and healthy. JMD wondered: did they realize who the competition was now? You wouldn't think that. Help save the rainforest. Losing Our Coral Reefs. New Guinea coral reef. Photo credit: Mbz1 at en.wikipedia Coral reefs, the “rainforests of the sea,” are some of the most biodiverse and productive ecosystems on earth. They occupy only .2% of the ocean, yet are home to a quarter of all marine species: crustaceans, reptiles, seaweeds, bacteria, fungi, and over 4000 species of fish make their home in coral reefs.
With an annual global economic value of $375 billion, coral reefs provide food and resources for over 500 million people in 94 countries and territories. But tragically, coral reefs are in crisis. Coral reefs are endangered by natural phenomena such as hurricanes, El Nino, and diseases; local threats including overfishing, destructive fishing techniques, coastal development, pollution, and careless tourism; and the global effects of climate change—warming seas and increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. Coral reefs are colonies of individual animals called polyps, which are related to sea anemones. Coral reef locations. About Us. Who we are Penta Landscape Pte Ltd was established in 1993 by its founder Mr Neo Eng Seng.
With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Penta Landscape Pte Ltd possess the capability and experience to execute any projects that it undertakes. Its subsidiary company, Penta Landscape & Design, undertakes its maintenance projects on hand. Strategically located at 67 Sungei Tengah Road, it is located within one of the largest area in Singapore mainly used for agricultural activities. Today, Penta Landscape Pte Ltd specialises in Tree Cutting and Pruning as well removal of whole trees. It has served a variety of clients in Singapore, from Factory/Warehouses owners, to MCST properties and Government agencies. Vision To be one of the leading tree pruning companies in Singapore, whilst delivering excellent quality and workmanship conforming to the highest safety standard. Mission To deliver exceptional quality and workmanship at while remaining cost efficient to its clients. Our Strengths. Logging in the Amazon. Hundreds of illegal mahogany logs hidden under the forest canopy exposed by Greenpeace and Brazilian government officials.
With the depletion of forests in Southeast Asia and central Africa, the Amazon is being targeted by domestic and transnational corporations as a key source for tropical timber products. Huge majestic trees like the Samauma, also known as the "Queen of the Forest", are being exploitedto make cheap plywood for construction industries in the US, Japan and Europe. Working in remote forest areas, the loggers often use false permits, ignore limitations of legal permits, cut species protected by law and steal from protected areas and indigenous lands. These are often small or medium scale operations that are able to avoid detection because of the remoteness of the logging locations, the weak presence of the federal environmental agency IBAMA, and a complex chain-of-custody in the cutting, hauling and transporting of the logs.
Tree Loss | Kids Ecology. Time for action - Seed of Life. In less than two centuries of industrial revolution, the man has managed to deteriorate his habitat, the Earth, beautiful and fragile result of millions of years or evolution. We are totally convinced that time has come to act, to repair what can be repaired to prepare the future, so that humanity will have further progressed in its evolution in a more conscious and fair world, the Earth will still be capable of providing a shelter for its inhabitants.
Today, our planet is running out of steam because it doesn't have any longer its own natural means to compensate men's ecological print. The point of alter is reached. Natural balances prove to be more fragile than men have been used to imagine for decades. The erosion of biodiversity has reached a level unique in life's history on Earth. Destructions of forests take such proportion that, every single year, more than twelve million hectares disappear, which is the equivalent of four times the total surface of Belgium. Forestry-facts.com - Forestry facts. Endangered Species International.
Time periods in the history of life on Earth during which exceptionally large numbers of species go extinct are called mass extinctions. These extinctions are quite different from the rate of extinction, which occurs even when the diversity of life is increasing. Many species vanished in five cataclysmic mass extinctions and today, 99.9 percent of all species that have existed on Earth are extinct. The Ordovician-Silurian extinction occurred about 439 million years ago due to a drop in sea levels as glaciers formed followed by rising sea levels as glaciers melted. During this extinction 25 percent of marine families and 60 percent of marine genera (the classification above species) were lost.
The Late Devonian extinction took place somewhere around 364 million years ago. To this day its cause is unknown. Similarly to the late Ordovician crisis, agents such as global cooling and widespread lowering of sea-level may have triggered the late Devonian crisis. Page 2. Medicinal Treasures of the Rainforest: Discover the healing resources of the Amazon. Rainforest Animals. Animals loosing their homes02. Justdiggit - Naga. Why must we save the Rainforest? | KSTR, Costa Rica Non Profit Org, Ecological, NPO. Rainforest Destruction. Why must we save the Rainforest? | KSTR, Costa Rica Non Profit Org, Ecological, NPO. Global Forest Watch Canada | Celebrating 15 years of informing a greener future. Preserve The Rainforest. Cutting down rainforests can dramatically impact rainfall, researchers find.
Rain forest information for school kids. Saving the Rainforest. The Economist. Rainforest Concern - Why are they being destroyed? Forest ecosystems.