Summer of 2019 was extremely destructive and brought unprecedented heat wave in Europe, severe floods in the far East, forest fires in Siberia and the Amazon. Thus, according to official data, the area of the burnt forests of Siberia is approximately 1.3 million hectares. At the same time, light fires in South America still continue to burn, completely altering the ecosystem of the rainforest and adversely affecting the planet’s climate. So what will happen if the planet will not remain forests?
What is the reason for forest fires?
The most powerful forest fires swept Sizzling wave in the forests of the Amazon, taking with them what was once considered the lungs of the planet. Indeed, the share of the Amazon rain forest accounts for about 20% of all oxygen production on Earth. The cause of fires called the anthropogenic factor, or, to be more precise, the human impact on the environment. The fact that Brazilian farmers are still engaged in illegal clearing grazing land for livestock, and buildings. For clearing the loggers set fire to the trees, which led to unprecedented fire that swept the Amazon.
Despite this behavior, the government of Brazil, whose share accounts for a large part of the Amazonian rain forests, it is not fighting such activities. On the contrary, it encourages it.
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The fact that the policy of the current President of Brazil Jaira Bolsonaro coincided with the increasing incidence of fires in the rain forests. Under his leadership, the government has cut the costs of preventing illegal activities in selvam South America. The opposition of the President believes that this step contributes to illegal logging and burning of forests by farmers.
So, the Brazilian national space research Institute showed the disheartening data from a satellite that showed more than 72 thousand fires on the map forests of South America. The scale of the disaster suggests that the pace of the current area of rain forest in the near future threatens to turn into a desert.
What happens if on the planet there will be trees?
Currently on the planet there are about 3 trillion trees that by common efforts provide us with the required amount of oxygen, wood and even food. However, it is believed that during its existence on the planet, people had to cut down more than half of all growing in the Ground vegetation. If you imagine that the remaining trees will be cut down at a time, then humanity will die out immediately, because currently the planet’s atmosphere has a small oxygen supply. In order to be able to survive, it needs the oxygen concentration in the air is approximately equal to 17%. Fortunately for us, the oxygen content in the Earth’s atmosphere at the moment is only 21%. In other words, before we use up all the necessary oxygen, it should take about 200 years.
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Despite the extra time in order to fix this, immediately after the disappearance of the trees the Earth will destroy man. Dramatically more frequent flooding will occur extremely rapid soil erosion, which will lead to the death of most crops. The rapid flow of water in rivers will lead to the death of a large number of plants and aquatic animals. Immediately after the flooding will come drought, which will result in the shortage of drinking water and a sharp reduction in the flora and fauna of the planet. Could we survive without trees? Possible. But not for a very long time.