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50 amazing facts about rainforests

Rainforests believe it or not, are fundamental to our planet’s health. Pretty obvious right? Not only are rainforests home to more than half of the world’s species of flora and fauna, rainforests are also the source of about 40 percent of the planet’s oxygen supply! That’s a fact that I didn’t realise was so high. It’s sad to know that despite humans being so diverse and “life-giving” we still continue to destroy these beautiful natural habitats through deforestation.

Now I’m not going to start lecturing you on how we should stop our every day lives and chain ourselves to trees to try save them (although that could be an idea!) BUT it’s good to try spread some awareness about how extreme it’s becoming. After all, we are all avid travellers who love the world and what it gives back to us.

Did you know that with every second gone, a slice of rainforest the size of a football field is mowed down. To put that into perspective, that’s around 86,400 football fields of rainforest per day! Or 31 million+ football fields of rainforest each year.

National Geographic believe that is the current deforestation rate continues, sadly rainforests could completely vanish from the planet within the next century! To help raise some more awareness about the plight of the rainforests, we are sharing this amazing infographic from Giraffe.


Article written by Adam Boston

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  • Catherine

    Commented on 13/03/2014 at 12:18

    Some fascinating facts here – love the one about the butterfly that has been seen by airplane pilots ūüôā
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    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 21/03/2014 at 09:26

      Some great facts huh?! It’s sad that the rainforest is shrinking every second, by the size of a football field due to deforestation ūüôĀ Sadly when “enough is enough” it’ll probably be too late… Humans are their own enemy at times!
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  • Alison Pirtle

    Commented on 21/03/2014 at 04:16

    This graphic is stunning! If only every cause could have such a well put together visual. It’s shocking that 30 million people live in the Amazon – I would have never guessed it to be so high.
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    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 21/03/2014 at 09:20

      I know what you mean.. 30 million people! That’s a hell of a lot of people! I was more expecting 3000.. boy was I wrong on that one!
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  • Johnny Random

    Commented on 14/04/2014 at 02:01

    That little fact about the Goliath spider when I decided to stop reading. Some times knowledge to too terrifying to bother with!
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    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 06/05/2014 at 10:27

      Especially when the named spider is bird eating! It’s enough to make me tuck my trousers into my socks

  • Karyn @ Not Done Travelling

    Commented on 09/09/2014 at 11:37

    Wow, there are so many sobering facts there I kind of don’t know where to start! It’s actually scary.


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