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Between May 2000 and August 2006, Brazil
RESOURCES: NASA Scientist: Fix Climate or 'We're Toast' (Live Science) Prince Charles: Eighteen months to stop climate change disaster (Telegraph) The world may have nothing left to save tomorrow: Maneka Gandhi (India eNews) Al Gore: "Planetary Emergency!" (Fog City Journal)
Tropical forests hold half of the world’s species which are becoming extinct an alarming rate due to deforestation for meat production.
Oceans empty of fish and ecosystems are destroyed due to industrial fishing, animal wastes, and agricultural pollutants.
RESOURCES: Livestock’s Long Shadow (p32, p185-p188) (UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 2007) Why are rainforests so important? (Cool Earth) Salt-Water Fish Extinction Seen By 2048 (CBS News)
(European Parliament, 14 February 2008)
“Emissions (from deforestation) are comparable to those generated by the production of electricity and heat.”
“…we are destroying our planet’s air-conditioning system.”
“Amazonia’s forests alone help to store the largest body of flowing freshwater on the planet. They release 20 billion tonnes of it into the atmosphere every day…”
RESOURCES: A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales on climate change to the European Parliament in Brussels (14th February 2008) (The Prince of Wales) VIDEO: The Prince of Wales speaks about the world's rainforests (YouTube)
In the next 24 hours, deforestation releases as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York.
The average car produces 3 kg/day of CO2.
Clearing rain forest to produce beef for one hamburger produces 75 kg of CO2.
Livestock production is responsible for 90% of the Amazon deforestation since 1970 to clear land for pasture and feed crops.
*This produces an astonishing 19,275 kg of CO2 per second.
Eating Up the Amazon(p.5, p.44, PDF) (Green Peace) Livestock, Development & Deforestation Brazil's Amazon (Center for International Forestry Research) Meat is NOT Green