Despite numerous rainforest facts that fill science textbooks and warn about the dangers of deforestation, these sacred spaces continue to disappear at an alarming rate. Learn more about how these forests are protecting Earth and sustaining thousands of year old ecosystems by reading the 25 rainforest facts featured below.
1. Rainforests keep the world’s weather in check—they regulate both temperatures and weather patterns.
2. Forest loss can contribute as much to greenhouse gas emissions (12-15 percent) as all of the world’s planes, trains and automobiles (13.5 percent).
3. Many bird species migrate to rainforests each winter, some travelling more than 3,000 miles to get there.