- Created by: HJ Juan
- Created on: 18-02-19 13:19
Amazon Deforestation for Development
- 8 million km squared
- Since 1978, over 750 00 km squared has been destroyed by deforestation.
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Between 2000 and 2005:
- 70% - cattle ranching
- 20 - 25% - small-scale subsistence farming
- 5 - 10% - commercial farming i.e. soy and sugar cane
- 2 - 3 % used for timber
- 1 - 2 % mineral extraction and building new settlements
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- Slash and Burn tenchinques to clear large areas release CO2 into the atmosphere which conributes to global warming.
- Trees are a carbon sink - Amazon stores about 100 billion tonnes of CO2 so cutting them down releases more CO2 into the atmosphere.
- Brazil loses 55 million tonnes of topsoil each year due to soil erosion caused by soy farming.
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- In 2008, Brazil made $6.9 billion from trading cattle.
- Brazil is the 2nd biggest exporter of soy beans.
- In 2015, the mining sector in Brazil generated 2.7 million direct and indirect jobs.
- The minerals sector equates to 21% of Brazils's exports.
- Local Brazilian rubber tappers have lost their livelihoods as trees have been cut down.
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- Indigenous Amazonian tribes are often forced to move due to the destruction of their habitats.
- The Murunahua were decimated by contact with loggers.
- It destroys the natural beauty of the area.
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