The largest ancient forest in the world is endangered. Almost half of the forest is getting destroyed by mining, agriculture and commercial businesses. Of all the remaining, the Amazon is the biggest one. About one third of the Brazilian forest still exists, but if we can change our habits, we can still save it.
Over the past 30 years, about 15% of the Amazon, 590,000 square kilometers has been destroyed (That's like more of the whole size of France). The cause of this is the production of tropical wood, which has increased from 12 to 80 percent. Brazilians have realized that 80% of cut trees have been done illegally. Loggers have been known for cutting the entire tree, yet only one third of wood ends up in their products. They are not thinking about the consequences and our future. If the illegal process of cutting trees continues, in about 40 years from now the forest will be completely destroyed. We should be more careful with what we do in order to not destroy the forest. For example, in Europe, commissioners are voting to adopt a new law against the trade in illegally harvested products from the Amazon such as, wood.