4 - hours in which the world loses acres of tropical forest equivalent in size to the island of Manhattan... So buy recycled paper products! Re-use and recycle writing paper! And, if you can afford it, log on to the Conservation International website to protect an acre or more of tropical rainforest from destruction at a minimum cost of U.S. $15 . I did that in lieu of giving Christmas presents this year. So far, 18,234 acres have been protected in Madagascar and Peru. (warning: the site is a little bit funky in that it appeared that I accidentally purchased more acres than I intended, but it turned out they were not actually charged to my credit card. I have lodged a complaint about this glitch.)
20 - percent of all global CO2 emissions caused by deforestation
2 trillion - amount in dollars that burning and clearing forests costs the global economy every year as valued through lost fresh water, food and timber and carbon reduction
70 - number of species of South and Central American frogs that have gone extinct, likely due to climate change
95 - percent of living coral Australia’s Great Barrier Reef may lose by 2050 due to climate change
25 - percent of all land animals and plants at risk of extinction due to climate change
25 - percent of all emissions reductions called for by 2050 that could be achieved by conserving and restoring tropical forests
143 million - acres of forest Conservation International has helped conserve over the last three years
40 - number of cars, trucks and SUVs’ yearly emissions offset by conserving just one acre of threatened tropical forest
15 - the cost in dollars for protecting one acre of forest with Conservation International.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
10 Forest and Climate Change Facts
This powerful list of facts comes from Conservation International.