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  • © Oxford University Press 2009 Quit

    Part 6 Disappearing green canopy―Who should pay for the massive deforestation in rainforest regions?

    6 Disappearing green

    canopy―Who should

    pay for the massive

    deforestation in

    rainforest regions?

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    Part 6 Disappearing green canopy―Who should pay for the massive deforestation in rainforest regions?

    6.1 What is happening

    to tropical rainforests?

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    Part 6 Disappearing green canopy―Who should pay for the massive deforestation in rainforest regions?

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    Part 6 Disappearing green canopy―Who should pay for the massive deforestation in rainforest regions?

    What are your

    impressions about a

    tropical rainforest?

    Luxuriant growth

    of plants?

    Rainforest in Temburong, Brunei (Credit: Ng Kim Hung)

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    Rich diversity of

    plant and animal

    species?

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    Or the deforested

    scenes of

    rainforests?

    Destroyed Amazon rainforest

    No matter what impressions you have,

    we need to know where we can find

    tropical rainforests first.

    (Credit: Reuters/OTHK)

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    Where are tropical rainforests?

    Where can we find

    tropical rainforests?

    Tropical rainforests can be found between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.

    Where can we find the

    largest area of tropical

    rainforests in the world?

    The largest area of tropical rainforests in the world is in the Amazon Basin in South America.

    Congo Basin South-east Asia

    Amazon

    Basin

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    What has happened to tropical rainforests?

    The change in the Brazilian Amazon

    rainforest cover (1990-2006)

    The rainforests in the Brazilian Amazon has been losing at a rapid rate.

    What has happened

    to the tropical

    rainforests in the

    Brazilian Amazon?

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    How can we identify the phenomenon from

    satellite images?

    Satellite image of Brazilian Amazon in 1975

    1975 1986

    Satellite image of Brazilian Amazon in 1986

    Deforestation

    carried out along

    roads, developing

    ‘fish-skeleton’

    patterns

    Undisturbed

    forest

    1992

    Satellite image of Brazilian Amazon in 1992

    (Credit: NASA)

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    How can we identify the phenomenon from

    satellite images?

    1992

    (Credit: NASA)

    What changes

    had been

    taken place in

    the rainforest

    cover?

    The rainforest cover in the Brazilian Amazon had been

    shrinking between 1975 and 1992.

    Roads were built into the rainforest, where forests were

    cleared along them.

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    How about the situation in other rainforests

    in other parts of the world?

    Changes in tropical rainforest cover throughout the world

    Source: Washington DC: Global Forest Watch

    Congo Basin:

    relatively slower rate,

    but still significant

    South-east Asia:

    most seriously

    deforested

    Amazon Basin:

    deforested in an

    alarming rate

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    Why do people

    remove the

    rainforests?

    How should

    rainforest resources

    be managed and

    conserved?

    What can we do to

    help protect and

    sustain tropical

    rainforests?

    To be continued…

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    Part 6 Disappearing green canopy―Who should pay for the massive deforestation in rainforest regions?