It results from the deliberate removal of forest cover. This conversion of forest to an alternative permanent non-forested land use such as agriculture, grazing or urban development. It is seemingly a primary concern for the developing countries of the tropics causing loss of biodiversity and enhancing the greenhouse effect. In addition to conversion, it also includes degradation which reduces forest quality, density and trees structure, supply of ecological services, the biomass of plants and animals, diversity of species and genetics.
By the beginning of the 2000’s more than three quarters of forest clearing was for cattle farming Illegal logging is a main cause of deforestation in the vicious cycle of rainforest destruction. This is when farmers remove valuable timber from areas that they have illegally occupied. This results in land grabbers building roads that lead into untouched parts of the Amazon which opens more doors into the wonders and exposes the forest to exploitation and destruction without even a second thought or an understanding of the damage being done and the consequences of these
One of the most overall effected forests is the Amazon. The world’s most expansive forest, the Amazon, is the site of the greatest projected loss of natural life-sustaining habitat and beauty due to deforestation which makes efforts to conserve the forest and save its defenseless inhabitants a critical priority and essential duty of our time. Deforestation affects the world in a negative way, with the most dramatic impact being the loss of habitat for millions of species. In fact, “80% of Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests.” (National Geographic Deforestation 1) Animals would lose shelter, food resources, and breeding area.
For example, we need wood to generate paper and we use paper everyday in our lives. Many kinds of furniture like tables, shelves and chairs are made using wood. Agriculture was labeled as the number one culprit of deforestation. Land is cleared to grow crops.
In addition, the report will also explore the question of sustainable logging in Malaysia. 1.1 Significance & Relevance of the Study Nowadays, deforestation has become the main topic of debate in our daily lives. This is significance because deforestation has been conducted to make more lands available for the residents but this also brings an issue which is flora and fauna might losses its habitat, certain pollutions may occurs after deforestation. The objective of this report is to explore the question of sustainable logging in Malaysia. GreenEnviro Company was recognized in 2010 in Malaysia.
Many of those habitats are unexplored and not in the knowledge of scientists. Its climatic conditions and organisms make it a unique place to study. Even with the knowledge that the Amazon Rainforest may contain plants that can be used for cures for diseases, some humans still negatively affect it with full consent. The fact that it contains half of the world’s species and is the most diverse terrestrial biome is quite
The three groups are ecological services, social benefits and biological resources. Tropical forests most importantly provide us with some critical life sustaining ecological services. Services like oxygen production, water purification, climate moderation, conversion of solar energy from the sun into carbohydrates and proteins, soil formation and greenhouse gas removal (Biodiversity BC, 2007). Though these services can be provided by green plants in general, through its large presence all around the world, tropical forests play a key part in contributing and maintaining these ecological
Native Amazonians have been around longer than writing, they use the forest to survive (food, shelter, etc.) and I like to argue that, yes they are trying to save their forest but they also contribute to deforestation. If we want these people to continue living in their traditional manner in the rainforest and for us not to lose what used to be 14% of our earth’s land surface, we as people need to act and find other ways of surviving without rapid deforestation. To conclude, we know people aren’t doing much to replant trees at the same or faster rate than the deforestation process, based on the rate at which the rain forest has been deforested in the past 55 years, we know we’ve lost about 8% already and so we know we’re going to lose the forest within Forty Years, (no one expected that when they
The Congo basin supports a large rainforest ecosystem, which contributes on a large scale to stable the world climate. But this ecosystem is endangered due to the vast wealth of resources and accompanied illegal mining activities, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Diverse case studies about Congo’s Kahuzi-Biega Park, Okapi Reserve and Virunga Park ascertain that deforestation, water pollution as well as hunting and poaching are the most common environmental impacts. Observations show that only approximately 20 % of mammals are still alive in some heritage areas. These impacts lead to a high loss of biodiversity and results in a dramatically change in rainforest ecosystem services.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, (https://www.worldwildlife.org/habitats/forest-habitat) 80% of the world’s biodiversity is found in rainforests. Not just animals and plants are affected, though; bacteria are also affected. According to Klaus Nüsslein, a scientist from UM Amherst: (quoted in this article: http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112753888/amazon-deforestation-microbial-communities-122512/) “We found that after rainforest conversion to agricultural pastures, bacterial communities were significantly different from those of forest soils. Not only did the pasture soils show increased species numbers, these species were also less related to one another than in rainforest soil.” This is important because these new species of bacteria could be very harmful to the plants that they are surrounded by, and potentially cause crops to die.
Deforestation has been a big problem in Canada for many years. Destruction of forests began somewhere around 1880’s specifically in British Columbia. It went all the way to 1990’s where 64,000 hectares were lost, however that quantity has decreased in 2012 to about 45,800 hectares. Today, Canada’s 348 million hectares of forest lands shows about 9% of the world’s forest cover, although account for 0.3% of global
‘’The environment is in us, not outside of us. The trees are our lungs, the rivers our bloodstream. We are all interconnected, and what you do to the environment ultimately you do to yourself.’’ - Ian Somerhalder. Ultimately, anything we do to the earth will cause weakness within it, and we’ll chip away at this incredible planet until eventually, it won’t be able to sustain us, the human race. The more we take from the earth due to our greed will cause problems that don’t have easy fixes to them, and deforestation is one of them.