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Transcript of Deforestation
Consequences of Climate Change
How much CO2 Is absorbed by a tree?
What is the real impact?
National Government Actions:
1. Find out how much much you individually contribute to the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere (that are causing the greenhouse effects) and see what we can do to decrease the amount of such emissions.
2. Become informed about the conflict at hand and write to elected representatives to encourage them to address climate change.
4. Find organizations such as American Forests or Wildlife Conservation Society that work to prevent further climate change
5. Use consumer power to pressure companies to become more environmentally friendly
Fatal Heat waves will become more frequent
Increase and worsening of asthma and allergies
Increased risk of waterborne disease and inectious diseases
Storms will become more dangerous especially for those living on coastlines
Habitats are destroyed
Leads to extinction and destruction of species
Animals that rely on plants and other animals for food are at further risk of extinction
Fluctuation in precipitation and Floods
More tropical diseases in unusual areas
3. Share climate change information with people in your community, family, or your friends.
Buy sustainable products
Buy sustainably harvested wood
buy products only from environmentally conscious companies
Put pressure on companies, government, and government officials
CO2 in the Ozone Layer: How CO2
causes climate change
The greenhouse effect is natural
Unnatural amounts of greenhouse gases are being released into the atmosphere
burning fossil fuels, deforestation, etc.
increased carbon dioxide in atmosphere prevents heat from escaping the earth's atmosphere
causes global warming (temperature increases)
1.6 billion people rely on forests for food, water, clothing, traditional medicine and shelter.
disruption of food chain poses a threat to humans
Senators you could talk to:
To contact him :
218 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
adopt policies that are conscious of the environment
use sustainable energy sources to power factories, stores, and offices
pass environmentally friendly policies
To contact her:
317 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Programs like the FSC try to prevent illegal logging, and promote sustainable harvesting
Legislation can prevent deforestation in areas with endangered species
REED+ Policies create incentives for developing countries - to combat the fact that forests are worth more dead than alive
Eliminating deforestation completely will require governmental action such as laws like Wilderness Act, Lacey Act and the Roadless Rule (in U.S.).
Representatives you could talk to:
Joseph P. Kennedy III
John F. Tierney
Michael E. Capuano
William R. Keating
Impact of Deforestation on Carbon Dioxide Levels and the Environment:
Trees absorb CO2 and other air pollutants
Trees maintain balanced water levels and prevent storm runoff
Trees provide shade, which saves energy in many urban areas
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Healthy tree absorbs 48 pounds of CO2.
An acre of 5 yr trees absorb 36,700 lbs of CO2 a year.
An acre of 20 year old trees absorbs 271,580 lbs of CO2 a year.
The CO2 emissions of 18 Americans can be neutralized by one acre of trees
Trees in the tropics absorb about 50% more CO2 than others
Impacts of Deforestation:
Tropical deforestation releases 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon each year.
Deforestation accounts for nearly 20% of man-made carbon emissions. An estimated 87-130 billion tonnes.
This means more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
If by 2050 deforestation is slowed 50% (from current levels) 50 billion tonnes of carbon emissions would be prevented.