17 Reasons Why You Should Never Mess With The Rain Forest

Mean, green, killing machine.

1. In spite of covering just 7% of the Earth’s land, rain forests are home to more than 50% of all the plant and animal species on the planet.

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2. Rain forests act as the world’s thermostat by regulating temperatures and weather patterns.

Sorry east coast. :(

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3. Rain forests worldwide are home to an estimated 50 million indigenous people.

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4. Less than 1 % of the light that strikes the top of the forest penetrates to the forest floor.

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5. The trees of a tropical rain forest are so densely packed that rain falling on the canopy can take as long as 10 minutes to reach the ground.

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6. Some of the vines found in rain forests are as thick as grown men’s thighs. That’s pretty thick.

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7. Every day the massive plants of bamboo in rain forests shoot up by nine inches. What if humans grew that fast?

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8. 1 out of 4 ingredients in our medicine is from rain forest plants.

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That’s a lot.

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9. And 70% of the plants useful in cancer treatment identified by the National Cancer Institute are found only in the rain forest.

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10. Rain forests are the most diverse ecosystems on the planet containing more species of plants and animals than all the earth’s other ecosystems combined. It’s an estimated 30-40 million species.

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11. Rain forests have given us chemicals to treat or cure inflammation, rheumatism, diabetes, muscle tension, surgical complications, malaria, heart conditions, skin diseases, arthritis, glaucoma and hundreds more.


Thanks, rain forests.

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12. In the rain forest, you can find over 1,500 insects in a single tree.

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13. Goliath birdeaters, a type of spider that EATS BIRDS, is found in the rain forest.

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14. There are bearded pigs in rain forests. PIGS WITH BEARDS.

Santa pig.

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15. In the moist rain forests of South America, sloths move so slowly that algae are able to grow in their fur.

Sorry for saying moist.

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16. Flying animals of Asian rain forests include frogs, squirrels and snakes.


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17. Finally, without rain forests, there would be no chocolate.

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