|Rain forests are old-growth forests located near the equator in tropical regions and a few temperate regions that receive comparable rainfall. They cover only 7% of the earth's surface, yet contain between 50% and 90% of all living species of plants and animals. Rain forests act as the world's lungs by removing CO2 from the atmosphere and "sequestering" it in living trees and plants. Loss of tropical forests is the leading cause of species extinction globally. Environmental Defense is working to protect the majority of tropical forests remaining on earth - in the Amazon, Indonesia, and Central Africa.|
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