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Transcript of Deforestation
Negative Consequences of Deforestation
The most dramatic impact is a loss of habitat for millions of species.
Deforestation also drives climate change. Forest soils are moist, but without protection from sun-blocking tree cover they quickly dry out. Trees are also vital to the water cycle by returning water vapor back into the atmosphere.
Trees also play a critical role in absorbing the greenhouse gases that fuel global warming.
The loss of biodiversity in forests.
Flooding due to the lack of trees able to absorb water.
The quickest solution to deforestation would be to simply stop cutting down trees; however, that's not a feasible action.
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There are many causes of deforestation. It was reported that half of the trees illegally removed from forests are used as fuel.
Some other common reasons are:
To make more land available for housing and urbanization
To harvest timber to create commercial items such as paper, furniture and homes
To create ingredients that are highly prized consumer items, such as the oil from palm trees
To create room for cattle ranching and farming
Deforestation is the permanent destruction of forests in order to make the land available for other uses. It occurs around the world, though tropical rainforests are particularly targeted. Deforestation is considered to be one of the contributing factors to global climate change over time. Human activity is behind all major causes of forest destruction, whether it’s to support the industries that make products we use every day or make space to grow our food.
Deforestation has made it possible for communities to be built. It makes way for residential houses, office buildings, factories, and farming. Essentially, these are the only economical advancements that come from deforestation.
Reasonable actions include:
Re-use paper and plastic bags to discourage deforestation.
Support eco-friendly companies by buying their products.
Be active and plant trees- it can be at your homes, backyards or you can join any organization against deforestation.
The previous actions would result in the decrease of interest in buying products that support deforestation. These alternatives could eventually bring down the deforestation rates and help end the depletion of forests around the world.
One and a half acres of forest is cut down every second.
The rate of deforestation equals the loss of 20 football fields every minute.
Up to 28,000 species are expected to become extinct by the next quarter of the century due to deforestation.
Tropical rainforests, which cover 6-7% of the earth’s surface, contain over half of all the plant and animal species in the world.