12 Days of COPmas, Day 6: Rainforests – the lungs of the Earth

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Our planet’s rainforests play a major part in climate change. The deforestation that takes place in these unique ecosystems contributes around a fifth of global CO2 emissions.

Keeping rainforest standing is the simplest and cheapest way to mitigate climate change. Despite this, we are losing the world’s rainforests at an ever faster rate. They generate a fifth of the world’s oxygen, yet of the world’s remaining rainforests, 46% are fragmented, 30% are degraded and only less than one quarter are left fully intact.

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