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How many species of animals, because of rainforest destruction, disappear each day?



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No one has a clue. The main problem is that nearly all forms of life on the planet are quite a bit smaller than us. So we don't notice them, unless they bite, and they're hard to find and study. And there has not been that much work done to study and classify species in the rain forest, and to understand which die out from rainforest destruction of various kinds (pollution, drying out, logging). Actually the rate of rainforest destruction itself isn't even known except quite roughly. Still, you can make estimates. We can guess the number is high, because it is beyond doubt that rainforests have more species per square inch than anywhere else in the world.

If it's a matter than concerns you, you might think about becoming involved in an organization that campaigns for the gathering of accurate information about the environment, or writing your congressional representatives about the issue --- they do listen! If you live in the American West, you might consider getting involved in your own area, e.g. writing your state representatives, because the old forests of the American West are also being destroyed and the same issue exists there. One of the most promising new drugs for treating breast cancer (tamoxifen), for example, comes out of a tree that grows wild in the American West.

Christopher Grayce



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