People are destroying the world's rainforests at a very fast rate. One of the reasons is deforestation. More and more trees are cut down every year because
- the world's population needs more and more wood
- people in the tropical rainforest need energy. They can't buy oil or gas because it's too expensive.
- governments find valuable raw materials in these areas — like iron ore, gold or silver.
- dams are built along tropical rivers.
- big companies get land to grow meat and produce food.