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August 10, 2008

Florida Everglades and the Brazilian Rainforest

Filed under: Daily Observations,Environment,politics — Julie P @ 12:23 am

I have written in the past about the Great Lakes concerning its environmental problems, as they have personal meaning to me and are roughly 20 percent of the world’s fresh water. Since I first wrote about the Great Lakes other vital environments have grabbed international attention like the Florida Everglades and the Brazilian rainforest. All over the world our environment is under severe stress and it needs our help.

In an unprecedented move the State of Florida has committed $1.7 billion dollars to restoration and preservation of the Everglades that includes the acquisition of 200,000 acres of land owned by a sugar plantation. Currently, the Florida Everglades are half the size they were when they were dedicated as the United State’s first national park. The Everglades is a unique environment that is essential to south Florida that is beyond comprehension. It serves to protect from hurricanes, flooding, and provides water to humans and animals alike, yet it has been laid to ruin as humankind has marched across it.

Meanwhile in South America, Brazil has made an international call to solicit funds in an effort to preserve the world’s largest rainforest that produces 20 percent of the world’s oxygen. Brazil is attempting to launch a rain forest fund to protect the Amazon rainforest and combat global warming. This is a first for Brazil in accepting the significance of the link between global warming and the rainforest.

There are many ecosystems that are under threat from the encroachment of humankind, we can only hope that it is not too late to reverse the damage that has been done and will continue if we do not intervene today.

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