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Rainforest destruction

Rainforest destruction

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Key Info
  • Rainforest destruction
  • Duration: 03:15
  • David Attenborough shows how human activity has affected rainforest ecosystems and biodiversity. Tropical rainforests are the richest of all living communities. Yet we have still only investigated the biochemistry of less than one per cent of the rainforest's plants and animals. The rainforest is the home to some of the most bizarre and beautiful creatures, the products of millions of years of evolution, species that could not live anywhere else. But the rainforest is under constant threat from encroaching human development. Every year, great areas of forest are felled and burned to make way for land to plant crops. First broadcast in the series 'The Living Planet' in 1984.
  • Subject:



    Bio: Environment - Habitat

  • Keywords: David Attenborough, Attenborough, deforestation, rainforest, habitat, ecosystem, environment, biodiversity.
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used to demonstrate the impact of human activity on the environment.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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