Deforestation

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Main issues with deforestation

Deforestation is a very bad problem that we have. Humans are destroying forests way too fast. Deforestation has caused major clearings of Earths forests. The Great Lakes region and from the east coast to the Mississippi Valley used to have way more forest then they do now.

What Deforestation Effects

There are many different wildlife animals that are affected by deforestation. Jaguars need large areas to live in and deforestation is making many Jaguars have no homes. The Hyacinth Macaw are already endangered and deforestation is causing them to decrease even more in population because their homes are disappearing.

People are affected by Deforestation

People living in League City may not be directly affected by deforestation but it does have an affect on them. When trees decrease it will cause cities to have more pollution in the air and too much carbon dioxide. People are affected by deforestation because the air gets too much carbon dioxide then this causes more diseases in the cities. The people who cause deforestation are mainly farmers who want more land for livestock and crops. Other business people clear large amounts of land to build on it.

Solutions

People are pressuring companies to have no deforestation policies to help protect the forests. Another solution is for people to only buy recycled goods and support no deforestation companies. This can cause other companies to make no deforestation policies. My solution would be to make a law that every company would have to plant two trees for every tree they cut down.

Articles

Modern-Day Plague

Deforestation is clearing Earth's forests on a massive scale, often resulting in damage to the quality of the land. Forests still cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area, but swaths the size of Panama are lost each and every year.

The world’s rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the current rate of deforestation.

Forests are cut down for many reasons, but most of them are related to money or to people’s need to provide for their families.The biggest driver of deforestation is agriculture. Farmers cut forests to provide more room for planting crops or grazing livestock. Often many small farmers will each clear a few acres to feed their families by cutting down trees and burning them in a process known as “slash and burn” agriculture.

Logging operations, which provide the world’s wood and paper products, also cut countless trees each year. Loggers, some of them acting illegally, also build roads to access more and more remote forests—which leads to further deforestation. Forests are also cut as a result of growing urban sprawl.

Not all deforestation is intentional. Some is caused by a combination of human and natural factors like wildfires and subsequent overgrazing, which may prevent the growth of young trees.

Deforestation has many negative effects on the environment. The most dramatic impact is a loss of habitat for millions of species. Seventy percent of Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes. "Deforestation." National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2015.


Causes

There are many causes of deforestation. The WWF reports 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

Common methods of deforestation are burning trees and clear cutting. These tactics leave the land completely barren and are controversial practices.

Clear cutting is when large swaths of land are cut down all at once. A forestry expert quoted by the Natural Resources Defense Council describes clear cutting as "an ecological trauma that has no precedent in nature except for a major volcanic eruption."

Bradford, By Alina. "Deforestation: Facts, Causes & Effects." LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 04 Mar. 2015. Web. 08 Dec. 2015.

Citations

"Deforestation." National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2015.

"Forest Products." Deforestation. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2015.

"Tropical Deforestation : Feature Articles." Tropical Deforestation : Feature Articles. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2015.

"Solutions to Deforestation." Greenpeace USA Solutions to Deforestation Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2015.

Bradford, By Alina. "Deforestation: Facts, Causes & Effects." LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 04 Mar. 2015. Web. 08 Dec. 2015.