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The destruction of the rainforests is happening at a great rate and must be stopped now A delegate from US Congress Al Gore says 1 The devastation of the rainforest is just unbelievable Its one of the great tragedies of all history Last year the smoke in Porto Velho the capital of the Brazilian state of Rondonia was so thick the airport had to be shut down 2 An estimated 12350 square miles of Brazilian rainforest an area larger than Belgium was reduced to ashes The land after being burned is furtile for only three or four years The settlers are poor and hard worked They are destroying the forests and receive minimal benifit After the settlers move out the land is taken over by ranchers The land is hardly a good pasture and will never replenish itself Loggers are cutting trees and spoiling streams Dams are cutting off streams flooding land and disturbing the lives of natives In Peru the forests are being cleared for the production of coca for cocaine production Tropical rainforests cover only seven percent of the earth One of the large programss destroying the forest is Grande Carajas which includes a giant mining complex Polonoroiste and a highway and settlement scheme The process for iron-ore includes the need for charcoal easily obtained by destroying the rain forest 12 Playing With Fire Time September 18 1989 pg 62-63 THE DESTRUCTION OF THE RAIN FOREST trees Close to half the rain forests are already gone including those in India Banglaedesh Sri Lanka and Haiti 3 An estimated 15 percent of the rain forest have been cleared At the currant rate the forests will be nothing but scrubby grasslands in 50 to 100 years Its dangerous to say the forest will disappear by a particular year says Philip Fearnside of Brazils National Insitute for Research in the Amazon but unless things change the forest will disappear 4 The destruction of the rainforest
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