A perfect storm
While many may think of the destruction of the rain forests as a third-world problem, it is an issue of concern for the entire planet. Dust storms have increased in strength and occurrence in the past decades around the world. NASA directly connects the rapid repetition of strong dust storms in China to deforestation. Here we see an immense dust storm traveling across Jilin Province in northeastern China, which eyewitnesses said left “the skies as dark as midnight.”
In saving the rain forests, we may ultimately save much more than that. Nature.org points out that at least 2,000 tropical forest plants have been identified as having anti-cancer properties. Further, the U.S. National Cancer Institute has identified 70 percent of plants as useful in the treatment of cancer — plants that are found only in rain forests. While efforts have been made to curb deforestation around the globe, much more needs to be done. You can learn more about the preservation of rainforests here.