Rainforest facts

Leaf IconMore species of plant and animal live in the rainforest than any other land habitat. Only a small percentage of Earth's land surface is rainforest, but a large portion of the animal and plant species live there.

Leaf IconMore than 25% of the medicines we use originate in rainforest plants. An estimated 70% of the plants that are used to treat cancer are found only in the tropical rainforests on the planet.

Leaf IconThe world's forests absorb around a third of manmade carbon emissions, helping to moderate global temperature rise. Carbon dioxide literally is tree food.

Leaf IconA tree can absorb as much as 50 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, and can sequester one ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.

Leaf IconForests help improve water quality by extracting pollutants through tree roots and by limiting erosion and runoff through their floor and their stabilizing roots system.



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