One of the biggest tropical rainforests in the world is in a country called Brazil on the continent of South America. It is where the effects of climate change are evident on so many levels. Deforestation has been a big issue for the Amazon rainforest and many other forests across the world. This is not just done by human activities but by climate change as well. The recent droughts and abnormal high temperatures in the Amazon are a factor in the shrinking of the rainforest. The drought and other causes has killed millions of trees in the past decades. This also leads to the destruction of large areas of the Amazon that impacts the biosphere and the ecosystem of the rainforest in terms of the loss of animal and plant species. This also displaces the native tribes who live deep in the rainforest who depend on the rainforest for food and shelter. They are also experiencing changes from the climate and other external sources. To me personally the rainforests and forests across the world have been the lungs of the planet. They keep the atmosphere and the ecosystem stable. So as trees die and decompose, the concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will increase, potentially speeding up climate change during droughts. One way to impact climate change is replanting trees in areas where tree loss is abundant during drought seasons. Dropping tons of buckets of water by plane frequently in those affected areas as if that hasn’t already been done. Major penalties to super polluters and deeper cuts in emissions will be required to stabilize for our climate.
In the wake of reactionary rulings by the Supreme Court that seized a woman’s right to abortion after the Justices had unleashed potentially lethal freedoms to gun owners, one can only shudder at the prospect of the court’s upcoming decision on West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).