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(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