For the talks of Global Warming, or more recently Climate Change, fossil fuels have always taken the role of the main nemesis for keeping carbon emissions low and greenhouse gasses under control. But there is also another side to the story: there will always be carbon emissions as life on Earth emits carbon, but where does it go and how is it dealt with? Nature’s biggest answer are trees, namely rainforests, and while Climate Change is increasingly becoming more of an issue, everyone seems focused on carbon emission. While that is still a problem, another issue that could solve many more problems is decreasing deforestation; Since the 1970’s “… the Brazilian Amazon has lost nearly a fifth of its forest cover already…” The Amazon rainforest accounts for half of all the carbon tropical rainforests store and “recent estimates suggest a third of climate emissions (or even more) could be offset by stopping deforestation and restoring forest land” and starting with the Brazilian Amazon would be a huge step in reversing the negative trend that we are currently on. Even in the face of this possible solution, or at least turning point, the Brazilian government have made a proposal to allow further cutting and clearing of the tropical rainforest to make room for raising more crops or livestock. How has the importance of agricultural expansion been placed above nature? What steps have been taken to cause deforestation on such an alarming scale and how has it been stemmed in the recent years?
Paragraph 2: The economic side that drove deep into the ecology of the Brazilian Amazon. 
Paragraph 3: analysis of programs and policies through the late 20th century that have made rates of deforestation incredibly high 
Paragraph 4: analysis of the noticeable results of deforestation have caused an increase in temperatures and a decrease in precipitation over a 12 month period. 
Paragraph 5: efforts at halting deforestation have begun on both government and societal fronts. 
Paragraph 6: Sympathizing to the economic desires of the locals, Eliot Marshall covers the impact in this article of overfishing of just one species: the tambaqui. This fish thrives during the flooding season as it feeds off of the nuts from rubber trees- another at risk organism- but is desired among locals due to its fruity taste and has become victim to being raised in captivity to supply the demand. Deforestation has pushed back and reduced the area inhabited by these unique fish and 1995, the year this article was published, was one of the worst years on record for forest area loss. If the locals that hunt this fish continue to overfish them and then destroy their habitats then eventually there will be no more of this species that is unique to the rainforest. Sadly, people of the area are not phased by his words due to the high demand of this savory fish and continue this trend despite his knowledge and research in this field. 
Paragraph 7: It can be hard for some people to allow an outsider to come and make assumptions about their way of life; a San Francisco man writing articles about environmental happenings of the Amazon rainforest can be a tough sell to get across. Frederic Golden’s newspaper article of new policies from Brazil praises them for their piggybacking off of the United State’s technology to further analyze and understand the trends of their own rainforest and now they have begun to produce their own means of sending 4 satellites into space to monitor the vast rainforest. The annual loss of the rainforest around this time was some of the worst it has been and it only got worse, Golden’s analysis of the new steps taken by the Brazilians commends them on how, compared to previous governments, they have taken the approach that can help them save their natural resources and forests instead of exploiting them for quick economic gain. 
Conclusion: Why deforestation was at such alarming rates pre-2000 and how policy has changed this negative trend.
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