FACT #2: Nearly 1/2 the medicinal compounds we use on a daily basis come from plants endemic to the Rainforest.
FACT #3: Rainforests act as the world's thermostat by regulating temperatures and weather patterns.
FACT #4: More than 20% of the world's oxygen is provided by the Amazon Rainforest.
FACT #5: 1/5 of the world's fresh water is found in the Amazon Basin. Rainforests are critical in maintaining the Earth's limited supply of drinking and fresh water.
FACT #6: A typical 4 mile square mile patch of rainforest contains as many as 1,500 species of flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 125 mammal species, 400 species of birds, 100 species of reptiles, 60 species of amphibians, and 150 different species of butterflies.
FACT #7: Tropical deforestation results in the loss of 100 species per day.
FACT #8: At the current rate of tropical forest loss, 5-10% of tropical rainforest species will be lost per decade.
FACT #9: Nearly 90% of the 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty worldwide depend on forests for their livelihoods.
FACT #10: 57% of the world's forests, including most tropical forests, are located in developing countries.FACT #11: Every second, a slice of rainforest the size of a football field is mowed down. That's 86,400 football fields of rainforest per day, or over 31 million football fields of rainforest each year.