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How Man has Wreaked Havoc on the Brazilian Rainforest

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posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 05:51 AM
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Morning peeps...

The destruction of the world's rainforests by the capitalist power elite are having adverse effects on ecology and biodiversity. The reduced populations of certain birds are causing palm trees to respond with smaller seeds. In some cases this will lead to the extinction of certain tree species. Just like what happened when the Dodo became extinct..

The removal of species from an integral ecological web can or may lead to unknown effects on local ecology or the biosphere as a whole. In theory the removal of certain species could inevitably lead to the extinction of mankind. As can be clearly seen with the theory of the Butterfly Effect...

Further it is impossible to calculate the financial and social implications of species extinction. More needs to be done to protect our biodiversity. Many species as well as having an inherit value have a value to mankind too. For example a rich biodiversity allows us to develop new pharmaceutical products. Once gone many species unknown to science will never be replaced...


Deforestation of the Brazilian rainforest has caused the seeds of palm trees to become smaller - because large, fruit-eating birds have been driven out, researchers have found.

The disappearance of toucans and cotingas, which were once abundant in the rainforest and spread seeds through their droppings, means that palm trees have no way to distribute their bigger seeds, the Brazilian researchers said.

They believe the changes could be disastrous to the palm trees that once thrived in the forests.



Deforestation of the Brazilian rainforest has caused the seeds of palm trees to become smaller - because large, fruit-eating birds - such as the channel billed toucan - have been driven out


In general, researchers estimate that human activity, such as deforestation, drives species to extinction about 100 times faster than natural evolutionary processes.



Toucanets also play a fundamental role in the forest as seed dispersers of large seeds


Only large-gaped birds, such as toucans and cotingas, can disperse large seeds


They collected more than 9,000 seeds from 22 different palm tree populations and found that in patches of forests deserted by large birds such as toucans and large cotingas - because of deforestation - palms produced significantly smaller seeds.


www.dailymail.co.uk... -deforestation.html




posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 06:11 AM
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The Brazillian government disgusts me. I think last year it was they passed a bill that gave up an older law that prevented farmers to go nuts on the forrest. These people really dont understand that theyre endangering our own species if they continue deforestation at this pace. Let alone the thousands of animal species that will just be destoryed.

And guess what on the other side of the earth, Indonesia does exactly the same. Disgusting and all thanks to greedy rich people, because they are at the head of the companies that need land for palm oil/soya, and more crap to create our hamburgers and steakes.



posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 11:49 AM
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Why the focus on the Brazilian rain forest? We've lost 50% of the worlds forests now. 40% in the last 50 years alone. Of course such a travesty could never be taking place on our home front right??



posted on Jun, 2 2013 @ 03:14 AM
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Originally posted by dainoyfb
Why the focus on the Brazilian rain forest? We've lost 50% of the worlds forests now. 40% in the last 50 years alone. Of course such a travesty could never be taking place on our home front right?


You're right, it is world wide. The East coast USA supposedly had one of the most dense and verdant forests when settlers moved there. They then destroyed it for "progress". Today when a road is built or any building, trees are cleared for "civilization".

Perhaps people focus on Brazil because their forests are gone. Too bad that people/governments in their countries also want money and to be civilized. The world's forests will be gone at the current rate they're going, mostly in the name of money.



posted on Jun, 2 2013 @ 01:21 PM
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I am not specifically focusing on the Brazilian Rainforest. I am aware that the Rainforests worldwide are all suffering similar symptoms.

I live on an island off the West Coast of Scotland. We have no rainforests here. However I care for the world's Rainforests very much. They are vital to our biosphere.

All I am trying to do is share and spread information. Try to make peeps more aware of what is going on..



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