It is safe to say that rainforests are the “greenest” types of forest, both in terms of flora and fauna and in terms of environmental impact. Forty to 75 percent of the world’s species are indigenous to the rainforest, and some estimates say that half of the world’s plant and animal species currently live in rainforests. Rainforests are also responsible for 28 percent of the world’s oxygen turnover, making them equally important for CO2 processing.
If you are referring to how much of the plant life in the forest is in fact green, the rainforest is probably no more green than an evergreen forest. As far as CO2 consumption, the rainforests of the world definitely do the most to offest high carbon dioxide levels. The Amazon Rainforest alone is responsible for about 40% of the world’s CO2 absorption. Many of the larger forests in the United States, India, Canada and Russia contribute the rest of the major Co2 absorption.
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