#22. June 22, 2022 ~ World Rainforest Day

What is a rainforest?

Rainforests are characterized by a closed and continuous tree canopy, moisture-dependent vegetation, the presence of epiphytes and lianas and the absence of wildfire. Rainforest can be classified as tropical rainforest or temperate rainforest, but other types have been described.

Estimates vary from 40% to 75% of all biotic species being indigenous to the rainforests.[1] There may be many millions of species of plants, insects and microorganisms still undiscovered in tropical rainforests. Tropical rainforests have been called the “jewels of the Earth” and the “world’s largest pharmacy“, because over one quarter of natural medicines have been discovered there.[2]

Rainforests as well as endemic rainforest species are rapidly disappearing due to deforestation, the resulting habitat loss and pollution of the atmosphere.[3]

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Where are rainforests located?

Map:

Location of tropical (dark green) and temperate/subtropical (light green) rainforests in the world. File:Rain forest location map.png

Why are rainforests so important?

As well as the vivid beauty that comes with great diversity in plants and animals, rainforests also play a practical role in keeping our planet healthy.

By absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing the oxygen that we depend on for our survival. The absorption of this CO2 also helps to stabilize the Earth’s climate.

Rainforests also help to maintain the world’s water cycle by adding water to the atmosphere through the process of transpiration which creates clouds. Source.

The Amazon Rainforest Is Close to a ‘Tipping Point’ and the Results Will Be Disastrous / Source

All trees and forests contribute to creating clouds and rain, and all are important to avoid droughts. How?

In his lecture “The Truth About 5G and Wi-Fi“, Barrie Trower explains the correlation between trees in forests and rain:

“[..] there is a very important fact here. Among this enormous chain of microorganisms you have tiny little microorganisms called Coccolithophores, and they do their share of feeding, and they are fed on, but they produce one important molecule. Coccolithophores produce a molecule called dimethyl sulfide
It is the only molecule known at this point in time, the only molecule known, because it drifts out of the water into the air and this is the only molecule known to take part, and that is necessary: in cloud formation.
Now, if you go and cut down all of the trees in—I think we’re going to cut down 70 million or something. You cannot replace 70 million trees with 70 million saplings. The average age will be about 100 years and the saplings will not do the same job. They will not absorb the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere for a start.

If you cut down the trees you are cutting down the formation of clouds in the atmosphere, which means you will get droughts. It is as simple as that. We cannot go around cutting down that many trees if it isn’t necessary and the only way to have 5G is to cut down trees. So, there is a balance there and it needs to be known to somebody. [..]”

Source: Free Documentary -Nature

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