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Zulma Mejia

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Transcript of Deforestation

Deforestation growing at fast rate
In this present time, deforestation rates are increasing at a fast rate as the human population keeps growing, and is in need of more resources than before. Trees serve as one of those major resources and since we tend to think that just because there's a larger number/amount of something, we can use it in great amounts without causing problem.
Our dependency for materials such as paper, has, sadly, contributed greatly to this tragic cause.
Logging is another of the many causes of this increasing rate.
Another factor that has been causing the deforestation rates to increase at a fast rate is urbanization. Now that the human population has grown, cities are spreading out into the country side; however, forests near the cities suffer the consequences: they are cut down in order to clear the land to built more communities.
However, the two major causes of deforestation in past years has been activities that are mainly practiced by country people: cattle ranching and crops.
In past years, the Brazilian Amazon has experience a great deforestation that was mostly caused cattle ranching. It seems possible that in a near future, if this keeps on going, the Amazon rainforest will experience a major decrease in size.
Amending our mistakes
Human activity has a major impact in the ecosystem as we are the main consumers of natural resources. Activities such as clearing hundreds of acres of forestland. Either to built communities, for cattle ranching, planting crops, or to collect tons of wood to manufacture products needed by humans on a daily basis.
What is deforestation?
Effects of deforestation in the ecosystem
Deforestation is a major problem that has affected the lives of hundreds, maybe even thousands, of species that live in the rainforests/ forest that are cut down; ranging from a great variety of plants to a greater variety of animals. Complete habitats are wiped out, leaving many animals without a home and destroying a lot vegetation.
The quality of the air is also affected by the loss of this trees, since rainforests are the main collectors of carbon dioxide in the air. Meaning they are in charge of purifying the air; of keeping the oxygen/carbon cycle going. If this are is not constantly purified, there would be more pollutants in the air; this may cause people to have respiratory problems.
"A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them."
-John C. Maxwell

Deforestation can be prevented by law; Governments could take action and pass laws that protect rainforests/forests; a law that restricts the number of trees that can be cut each year.
We can also amend our mistakes by repaying nature. For every tree that's cut, five trees should be planted in its place.
An organization could be created; an organization who's main goal would be to search and find animals who were left without a shelter, and taking them to a special home where they could stay until a new habitat is found for them.
Causes of Deforestation/Rate: Charts and graphs
Deforestation would also have a major affect in Global Warming, since trees help absorb some of the greenhouse gasses that keep the heat trapped inside our atmosphere. With less trees, less gasses will be trapped, and more would go back out into the atmosphere; trapping more heat.
The lack of trees would also affect the climate of its surroundings; in a place where there's an abundance of trees, the heat is less, meaning cooler. Rainforest are severely affected by this, since the trees block the sunlight, preventing the ground to get dry and overheated; once the trees are gone, the land is left vulnerable.
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"Greenpeace Calls for Zero Deforestation Globally by 2020." Mongabay.com. Mongabay, 22 Mar. 2012. Web. 24 Sept. 2013.
Graphs.net. Advertisement. Graphsnet. Neomam, n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2013
Deforestation: The Leading Cause of CO2 Emissions. Daniel Howden, 14 May 2007. Web. 24 Sept. 2013.
Work cited
"Deforestation." National Geographic. @NatGeoGreen, n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2013
Graphs.net. Advertisement. Graphsnet. Neomam, n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2013.
"Greenpeace Calls for Zero Deforestation Globally by 2020." Mongabay.com. Mongabay, 22 Mar. 2012. Web. 24 Sept. 2013.
Deforestation: The Leading Cause of CO2 Emissions. Daniel Howden, 14 May 2007. Web. 24 Sept. 2013.
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