Period 6 Khalid Griffin
Deforestation is the removal of trees and plants in certain areas for space or to use the resources that forests offer. Some direct causes of deforestation are agricultural expansion, and the expansion of infrastructure like building roads and homes. Because of this, nearly half of the world's forests have been cut down and each year, the rate of the forests being removed is increasing. The removal of forests also causes air pollution because when forests are cleared, they release carbon dioxide back into the air which makes it dangerous for people along with the climate change occurring. Deforestation is accountable for around 11% of greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by humans.
What is Deforestation?
Around 12 to 15 million hectares of forests are lost each year which is equivalent to 36 football fields per minute. Deforestation causes reduced biodiversity when forests are removed, wild life habitats are lost and they become more vulnerable to hunting while around 80% of the Earth's species are found in rainforests. Because of deforestation trees will no longer evaporate ground water causing local climate too be drier. Doing things like recycling paper can help save trees from being cut down, buying products made from recyclable materials like papers, tissues, and cups, and reusing things like envelopes and paper bags are all things that can potentially help the situation and help us to live in a cleaner environment.