Every year an area of rainforest the size of Vietnam is cut down and destroyed. The plants and animals that used to live in these forests either die or must find a new forest to call their home. Why are rainforests being destroyed?
Rainforests are also threatened by climate change , which is contributing to droughts in parts of the Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Drought causes die-offs of trees and dries out leaf litter, increasing the risk of forest fires, which are often set by land developers, ranchers, plantation owners, and loggers.