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IELTS material - reading exercises: Tropical Rainforests
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Deforestation in the tropical areas of the world is following a course similar to the earlier clearing of the forests in Europe and North America, only advancing more rapidly. Today, more than 3 billion people live in the tropics alone, more than lived in the entire world in 1950. To provide food, wood, fuel and resources for the world's rapidly growing population, and to make room for the exploding tropical population, the world's tropical rainforests are literally disappearing.

Tropical hardwood prices continue to climb as world demand for tropical hardwoods continues to grow. A single teak log, for example, can now bring as much as $20,000. Annual world consumption of tropical hardwoods is now more than 250 million cubic meters, or over 100 billion board feet, per year. Southeast Asia until recently has been the largest source of tropical hardwoods, but that area will largely be depleted within the next five years.

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