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HOW DOES DEFORESTATION AFFECT THE ENVIRONMENT?

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Transcript of HOW DOES DEFORESTATION AFFECT THE ENVIRONMENT?

What can be done by individuals to prevent deforestation?
1.Plant a tree.
2.Go paperless.
3.Recycle and buy recycled products.
4.Look for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification on wood and wood products.
5.Eat vegetarian meals as often as possible
Conversion of forests for other land uses including pulp, palm, and soy plantations, roads and other infrastructure

Forest degradation from fires, illegal and unsustainable logging, fuelwood harvesting, and climate change.


How does it effect people?
What are the effects of deforestation?
When forest cover is removed, animals etc. lose habitat and become more vulnerable to hunting. Considering that about 80% of the world's known species can be found in tropical rainforests, deforestation puts at risk a majority of the Earth’s biodiversity. (biodiversity is the existence of a wide variety of speicies in their natural environment, eg not in zoos.

Quick Facts
Deforestation is responsible for 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
Tropical forests, where deforestation is most prevalent, hold more than 210 gigatonnes of carbon.
87% of global deforestation occurs in just 10 countries, with Brazil and Indonesia accounting for 51% of emissions from forest loss.

What is deforestation?

Deforestation is the process whereby natural forests are cleared through logging and/or burning, either to use the timber or to replace the area for alternative uses.



What are the causes of deforestation?
As a result of deforestation,
trees no longer evaporate ground water, which can cause the local climate to be much drier.

Millions of people rely directly on forests, through small-scale agriculture, hunting and gathering, and by harvesting forest products such as rubber. Deforestation continues to pose severe social problems, sometimes leading to violent conflict.

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