Brazilian Amazon Rainforest Degradation 1999-2019 What does the data tell us about Amazon deforestat
The Amazon rainforest is a moist broadleaf tropical rainforest in the Amazon biome that covers territory belonging to nine nations. The majority of the forest is contained within Brazil, with 60% of the rainforest, followed by Peru with 13%, Colombia with 10%, and with minor amounts in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
The region provides important benefits to communities living near and far. Nearly 500 indigenous communities call the Amazon rainforest home. It’s a highly biodiverse ecosystem, home to untold species of plants and animals. The rainforest can create its own weather and influence climates around the world. Unfortunately, the fragile ecosystem faces the constant threat of deforestation and fires (for natural or anthropogenic causes).
Deforestation happens for many reasons, such as illegal agriculture, natural disasters, urbanization and mining. There are several ways to remove forests - burning and logging are two methods. Although deforestation is happening all over the world today, it is an especially critical issue in the Amazon rainforests, as the only large forest still standing in the world. There, the species of plants and animals they harbor have been disappearing at an alarming rate.