The area in which the tropical rainforests reside receives anywhere from 60 to 160 inches of precipitation per year (COTF). If the tropical rainforests were destroyed tomorrow, the area around the equator could become a barren wasteland. Species in that area, if they survived the destruction, would be left with nowhere to go and may die off. Without the tropical rainforests, the rate of CO2 in the atmosphere would increase exponentially. Tropical rainforests are often considered as the “lungs of the world” and without them, the rate of oxygen being produced would rapidly decrease. Whether one believes in the idea of global warming, the aftereffects of losing the tropical rainforests would be felt all around the world. Areas around the equator might in time, end up looking like the Sahara desert as rainfall would decrease around these areas. This in turn would cause a major change in the weather cycle around the tropical rainforest regions. The moisture that would go to these areas might turn them into marshlands or cause storms to increase or decrease causing daily life of humans and animals in the area to change dramatically.
Tropical rainforests are home to a large amount of different species of plants and animals. If they were to be destroyed tomorrow, there would be an utter upheaval of the world’s ecosystem. Rather than a rich ecosystem, you would end up with a barren wasteland that would take hundreds if not over a thousand years to recover. Animals such as the toucan, Jaguars, and Orangutans would have nowhere to go and might die off if they aren’t saved immediately and provided a safe habitat to live in. Along with habitat destruction, would come the destruction of the carbon cycle that occurs in the tropical rainforest regions. In a paper written by F.A. Bazzaz, he writes that “There are strong coevolutionary interactions, such as pollination seed dispersal, with a high degree of specialization, i.e., only certain animals can effect these activities for certain species.” The rainforest located near India, can act as a buffer to the monsoons. Without these buffers, the rate of floods, which is already increasing, would destroy the surrounding regions and make it uninhabitable for both humans and animals. We would lose thousands of species in less than a few years, and the daily cycles that occur in these areas would no longer exists and can cause governments and private companies to lose everything.
The tropical rainforests today provide much needed economic benefits to the world. If suddenly all of them were destroyed, we would love valuable resources such as lumber, oils and medical plants that are needed daily across the world. Take that away and the world would turn upside down and may result in chaos around the world as resources we take for granted would suddenly be so scarce that we would need to find alternatives immediately or face a major economic backlash. According to Katie Noble, economic effects that would affect us after the sudden deforestation of the tropical rainforests would be the potential care of animals in need of a habitat to live in, funding for reintroducing this species into another environment, food, and medicine prices would skyrocket around the world. You go into the store to search for some tomatoes, bananas, potatoes, or oranges, and you find that these now cost more than anything else in the entire supermarket. This would cause the populace of countries the world over to be very unhappy with the prices and governments would have to spend more money finding new places to raise these fruits and vegetables.
World Peace Effects
For countries like Central America, Brazil, and Africa, losing their tropical rainforests would cause chaos to erupt and countries would have to look to other alternatives to get their much-needed natural resources. If the oil in the Middle East were to suddenly disappear, the chaos that would ensue would be so catastrophic that war might erupt just to keep homes heated or gasoline available for the population. For the tropical rainforests, the chaos would be more of a slow buildup to that of an oil shortage. There would still be access to lumber and certain oils and medical plants, but at a deficit. According to Rainforest Concern, tropical rainforests “draw water from the forest floor and release it back in to the atmosphere in the form of swirling mists and clouds.” It is also said by this organization that without this daily rainforest cycle continuing around the world by providing rivers, lakes, and irrigation systems with water, droughts would become more common around the world, and thus could lead to widespread outbreaks of famine and disease.
The amount of resources that we receive each year from tropical rainforests is astounding. Pharmaceuticals such as Arthritis and Asthma treatments, lumber such as mahogany or balsa, and oils coconut oil or palm oil are just the tip of the iceberg of what we harvest from tropical rainforests each year (Folklife). To think that without these things, everyday things that we take for granted would vanish from our eyes.
Climate Effects The area in which the tropical rainforests reside receives anywhere from 60 to 160 inches of precipitation per year