Geography - Global phenomena: rainforest destruction
Rainforests are distributed throughout the tropics, growing in regions
which have sufficient rainfall. Rainforests are found in South and Central
America, South East Asia, Australia, the Pacific islands and central and
western Africa. The destruction of rainforest is greatest in South East
Asia and Africa although it is still significant in South America.
The issue of rainforest destruction is global, not just because forests
are being destroyed at an alarming rate, but because their products are
traded globally, and NGOs (non-government organisations), and green
political groups particularly, in the developed world have taken up the
cause. McDonald's have been accused of buying cheap beef raised on the
cleared pastures which were once the South American rainforests. These
elements make the destruction of rainforest truly a global phenomenon.
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