Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Bellabob

I keep getting mixed messages about the percentage of rainforest left in the world

Recommended Posts

I posted about my biology paper--I think it was yesterday-- and now I need help again. Every website and book I consult has different numbers on rainforest percentage. Some say less than 2 percent, some say 3 percent, some say 6, and some even say 10 percent of the earth is covered in rainforest. I do not know which one to put in my paper. Maybe you could help me with this. It would be apreciated.

 

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

EDIT: Crap, I should have put this in the homework section.

Edited by Bellabob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You could use the most recent estimate. Or, if they are all recent, you could simply say that estimates range from 2 - 10 percent, then cite all the papers that contain the estimates.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I posted about my biology paper--I think it was yesterday-- and now I need help again. Every website and book I consult has different numbers on rainforest percentage. Some say less than 2 percent, some say 3 percent, some say 6, and some even say 10 percent of the earth is covered in rainforest. I do not know which one to put in my paper. Maybe you could help me with this. It would be apreciated.

There is no clear definition to "what is a rainforest", so also there is no single number that says how much there is.

 

Secondly, it is very difficult to measure how big such a forest is. I know that sounds silly (it's a forest - quite hard to miss). Satellites can measure how big a forest is... but how can they distinguish between a palm oil plantation and a forest? The methods aren't perfect, and this increases the error.

 

There are probably more arguments why this number is so vague. Maybe there are people that deliberately falsify data. Maybe there's a speck of spacedust on a satellite.

 

Science is all about measuring - and then accepting that a measurement isn't perfect.

 

So, you should choose a number, mention the source for that... and if you can find out, also some assumptions (what did the researchers who found that number mean with "rainforest"? Is that only the pristine untouched rainforest? Or all area covered in trees in the tropics?)

 

Thank you.

You're welcome.

 

EDIT: Crap, I should have put this in the homework section.

Don't worry. We have friendly moderators who will happily move the post.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

To expand on one of CaptPanic's points - you might like to mention how this is an area of science that has become highly politicised; this should not matter, but it is possible that some groups will push extreme results as mainstream in order to sway public opinion in their preferred direction. You do not have to "choose sides" in order to do this - you can be completely neutral and disinterested but still comment on the fact/possibility that ideology is guiding some "researchers" (I have put that in quotations because they stop really being a researcher when they lose their lack of bias)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.