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When the levels of Sulphur Dioxide or Nitrogen Oxide rise in the atmosphere, the result is rain and precipitation high in these gases, which are harmful to the soil and delicate ecosystems on which they settle. Acid rain can kill freshwater fish and plants and animals that depend on neutral or alkaline conditions in which to live. When an area has ongoing acid rain, the natural pH of its soil and water changes, limiting the plants and animals that can thrive there.
As Brazil is home to the world-renowned Amazon Rainforest and the basin it occupies, deforestation has become a major cause for concern in this area. Every minute, vast proportions of these forests, dubbed the “Lungs of the World” for the Oxygen that they produce, are being torn down for timber, development and agriculture. When a tree is cut down, it releases the Carbon Dioxide (which it has been storing) as a greenhouse gas, which increases the risk of climate change.
Due to the fertile conditions of Brazil, it has always been the home of an array of animal and plant species. However, due to hunting, the destruction of habitat and the introduction of foreign, competitive species, Brazil’s natural fauna has experienced a huge decline in numbers. At the moment, there are hundreds of species under threat of extinction. Some of them include the jaguar, sea turtle, spiny rice rat, bushy-tailed opossum, black-faced lion tamarin, Brazilian arboreal mouse, ring-tail monkey
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