The Rainforest in Panama and Beyond

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to fly over some of Panama's rainforest in the Chimán District of Panama just this side of the Darien border.  It was an amazing experience.  The fact that we are losing our rainforest at an alarming rate was very easy to see.  The figures can actually be broken down to the second.  The Amazon rainforest known as the last frontier on earth is responsible for 20% of the earth's oxygen.  If the Amazon were a country it would be the 9th largest nation in the world.  The rainforest is disappearing at the rate of a football field every second.  Let me rephrase this.  EVERY SECOND of every day a football field of the rainforest is destroyed.  It is estimated that in 40 years it will be gone.  Here are a few facts on the consequences of deforestation: