Needless to say, the environmental problems of today started a long time ago, before automobiles, electricity, and the Industrial Revolution. From ancient times to present day, humans have changed the world in which they live. As population increase and technology advances, more significannot
and widespread problems arise. The Amazon rainforest has not been spared from this. The Amazon region has long been seen as a land of great riches. "Early Europeans and others have long been fascinated by the Amazon, with early visions of a land of gold, the legend of El Dorado'" (Faminow 32). The European invasion bought with it the increased population and new technologies that had a drastic effect to the Amazonian region, which was once considered safe from exploitation. This problem has continued to the present, with higher consequences. Ehrlich explains, "today, unprecedented demands on the environment from a rapidly expanding human population and from advancing technology are causing a continuing and accelerated decline in the quality of the environment and it's ability to sustain life" (98). As a result, the Amazon rainforest is being destroyed at an alarming rate, affecting all those that live in the region.
To understand the scope of the changes taking place, Howard Facklam has come up with some staggering statistics, he says, "it was estimated at one point in the 1980's that the Amazon basin... [continues]
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