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RAN's World Rainforest Week
Currently, about 40 million acres of rainforest are lost annually, even though they are home to to five to ten million plant and animal species. In addition to their role as diverse habitats, rainforests also help mitigate the effects of global warming by absorbing greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. Rainforest Action Network(RAN) has organized a week of actions you can take to ease your strain on the rainforests. Today, for example, is Live Tree Free Day. RAN's suggestions for the day are: steering clear of disposable cups, following some simple steps to greening your workplace vis-a-vis your office's paper purchasing, and writing to Australian Bank ANZ to ask that they stop funding the Tassie Pulp Mill, which is rapidly consuming Tazmanian forests.