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The Amazon is the largest rainforest on Earth.
It’s famed for its unrivalled biological diversity, with wildlife that includes jaguars, river dolphins, manatees, giant otters, capybaras, harpy eagles, anacondas and piranhas.
Between 1999 and 2009, at least 1,200 new species of plants and vertebrates have been discovered in the Amazon biome. The new species include 637 plants, 257 fish, 216 amphibians, 55 reptiles, 16 birds and 39 mammals.
One in ten known species on Earth lives in the Amazon. Its forests contain 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon, the release of even a portion of which would accelerate global warming significantly. 30 million people living in the Amazon depend on its resources and services – not to mention many millions more living as far away as North America and Europe, but still within the Amazon’s far-reaching climatic influence.
Can the Amazon survive?
The good news is that over 80% of the Amazon’s original forest is largely intact.
The bad news is that our generation could witness the extinction of the Amazon.
Rapidly expanding global markets for meat, soy and biofuels and the imminent realization of large-scale transportation and energy infrastructure projects coupled with poor planning, weak governance and lack of an integrated vision of sustainable development for the Amazon are contributing to accelerated rates of deforestation and increased pressure on the natural resources and environmental services upon which millions of people depend, including yourself.
Increased temperatures and decreased precipitation caused by global warming will exacerbate these trends and could lead to a “tipping point” where the tropical moist forest ecosystem collapses and is replaced over large areas by a mixture of savanna and semi-arid ecosystems. The implications of this massive ecosystem shift for biodiversity, global climate and human livelihoods would be profound.
With your gift of just $75.00, you can help WWF to conserve the diversity of terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems of the Amazon Biome and to ensure the survival of the species that live there.