A charity is appealing for people to buy up small patches of rainforest to help prevent it disappearing forever and combat climate change.

Every year, the destruction of tropical land releases more climate-warming carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the entire USA.

The trees are felled for logging and farming.

Cool Earth - launched today - leases and maintains endangered land, giving local people access.

The charity is appealing for people to buy areas of rainforest - at £35 for half an acre - to help protect it from loggers.

Sky News has been given exclusive access to one of the Cool Earth's projects in northern Brazil.

Sixty acres of virgin rainforest, near the village of Democracia, were cleared by loggers three years ago.

Cool Earth bought the land and has given it back to villagers for long-term sustainable use.