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Final Project-Part IV: Reducing Deforestation
Transcript of Final Project-Part IV: Reducing Deforestation
A couple of solutions of deforestation include finding different sustainable consumer options, replacing the older cut trees with young trees and/or banning the clear-cutting of trees completely.
Primary Causes of
More land needed for housing, urbanization, and cattle-ranching
Harvesting timber to create commercial items like paper, furniture and homes
Creating highly-priced consumer items like the oil from palm trees
Impact of Deforestation
Deforestation can impact the water cycle, life quality, soil erosion and the lives of many different species living in that environment.
The people who benefit from deforestation are the few groups that receive a large gain for forest removal like ranchers, loggers, consumers and politicians. The losers are the indigenous people, poor people and most tropical countries that experience deforestation.
Why does it matter?
1. Forest loss is not decreasing. At the rate we're going, all of Earth's forests will be gone by 2100.
2. Forests are the homes of about 200 million people and about 1.4 billion people depend on forest goods for survival.
3. 80% of all species of land plants and animals live in forests. Deforestation is the main cause of extinction.
1. Green Peace Blogs: 6 Reasons Deforestation (Still) Matters (Jason Schwartz)
2. Live Science: Deforestation: Facts, Causes & Effects (Alina Bradford)
3. How Stuff Works: How Deforestation Works (Debra Ronca)