by: Kevin Phan
Where Should I Live?
Environmental Issues of Canada
Timber is a very important natural resource in Canada's environment,it is used to make lumber, plywood, and wood pulp for making many kinds of paper. But people have been over extracting timber, destroying habitats for animals, lessening air for humans, and destroying recreation sites. Canada's forests cover almost half the land. Cutting down these trees mean cutting down half of Canada. Imagine that, knowing Canada is the second largest place by land in the world. This can also cause deforestation, reduced water quality, erosion, and loss of wildlife. Hundreds of billions of seeds are planted each year whit a tree being cut down. The government of Canada is working to stop this problem by spend billions of dollars on these problems.
Extraction and over use of natural resources on the Canadian Shield has caused much harm to the area of Canada. The Canadian Shield is a large area of uplands surrounding Hudson Bay. This region covers most of the Eastern half of Canada. It is home to some of the most valuable resources-minerals. These mines contain gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead, iron ore, uranium, and nickel. Many people make their living in mining, but it is messy work and can harm the environment. Chemicals released from mining produce acid rain and kill nearby vegetation and lake animals.