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4. How does the Amazon rainforest help curb climate change?

The natural greenhouse effect of Earth, a phenomenon that has allowed for millions of years to maintain temperatures in a fairly uniform range, necessary to develop and maintain a great diversity of life. How does it work? The solar rays come from space, bounce off the surface of the planet and try to escape back to the cosmos, but are trapped by the atmosphere and consequently the vital condition of uniformity is produced. If this phenomenon does not happen, Earth would be an icy planet, probably uninhabited like most others, or at least not suitable for life as we know it. But since the Industrial Revolution, according to some scientists, CO2 has increased in the atmosphere, beginning a progressive increase in global temperature. The plants, although they take oxygen from the air and re-enter carbon dioxide, the final balance is positive in terms of the extraction of CO2 from the atmosphere. The Amazon rainforest, through its millions of trees and plants helps to slow down global warming and therefore climate change.

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