Effects of decreasing rainforests on humans
Name: D C Whitebeck
How does the decreasing size of the rainforest affect humans?
Some humans benefit from decreasing the size of the rainforest - people who
use the electricity caused by a hydro-electric dam, for example. Other humans
do not have it so good - people who hunt wildlife for a living may a tougher
time finding food. The loss of indigenous culture is kind of sad. Read
Tristes Tropique by the anthropologist Claude Levi Strauss to learn more about
people who are hurt by the loss of forest. "Under developing the Amazon" by
Stephen Bunker is a good look at the costs and benefits, who gains and who
loses from the destruction/development of the rainforests.
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Update: June 2012