25% of Plant Species Will Extinct till 2015!

Tanja Folnovic

Agronomy Expert

Facts about rainforests

  • Rainforests covering less than 2 percent of the Earth's total surface area, but they’re home to 50 percent of the Earth's plants and animals
  • Can be found all over the world from as far north as Alaska and Canada to Latin America, Asia and Africa, except Antarctica
  • There are two major types of rainforest: temperate rainforests and tropical rainforests
  • As part of our global environment and well-being rainforests act as the world's thermostat by regulating temperatures and weather patterns
  • Originally, 6 million square miles of tropical rainforest existed worldwide. But as a result of deforestation, only 2.6 million square miles remain
  • More than 56,000 square miles of natural forest are lost each year
  • At the current rate of tropical forest loss, 5–10 percent of tropical rainforest species will be lost per decade
  • Fifty-seven percent of the world's forests, including most tropical forests, are located in developing countries

Facts about the abundant life and important resources that rainforests share with us

  • A typical four-square-mile patch of rainforest contains as many as 1,500 flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 400 species of birds and 150 species of butterflies
  • Rainforests provide many important products for people: timber, coffee, cocoa and many medicinal products, including those used in the treatment of cancer
  • Seventy percent of the plants identified as useful in the treatment of cancer are found only in rainforests
  • More than 2,000 tropical forest plants have been identified as having anti-cancer properties

Did you know?

  • 1-2% the rainforest is diminishing each year since the rainforest cutting has began
  • Rainforest cutting has lead to 20-25% of the world’s plant species less than before cutting
  • 120 prescription drugs are derived from rainforest plants
  • 25% of western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients
  • 2/3 or more off all drugs with cancer fighting properties come from the rainforests