Do you remember the time when the world was all about saving the Amazon? There was a time when people were concerned so much about deforestation and its detrimental effects. This grave concern led to saving the rainforest for a while. Today, however, it is in danger once more.
In the past nine years, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon managed to drop significantly. The rate went down impressively by 70 percent. For a long time, it looked like the Amazon was going to be safe for good. However, things turned for the worse when focus shifted to other environmental causes that also require immediate attention and action.
When focus shift, the Amazon lost acres.
As a result, a report from Seeker shows that as much as two million acres of rainforest were lost between August 2015 and July 2016. This is a significant increase from the 1.5 million acres lost between August 2014 to July 2015.
Perhaps one of the most pressing reasons we have to care about deforestation is its effect on rainfall. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), deforestation in the Amazon severely reduces rainfall in Texas, Gulf of Mexico and Mexico during both summer and spring. This is a critical problem, as rainfall is needed to boost agricultural productivity during these seasons.
Meanwhile, deforestation has a similar effect to rainfall over the U.S. Midwest during spring and summer. There is also less precipitation over the upper U.S. Midwest during winter and spring. Indeed, it’s time to care about the Amazon again.