Over half of the work is done illegally when the loggers build roads to get access to more of the forest. Both types of jobs leads to further deforestation. It is estimated that every second over two and a half acres of the rainforest is torn down. To this day over eighteen percent of the Amazon rainforest has been cleared, which is about the size of France. Sometimes there is also unintentional deforestation that is caused by wildfires which prevents the growth of young trees ("Amazon Destruction",
However, due to continued human interference, much of the country’s wildlife is disappearing as they lose their habitats. A major way that humans are impacting the environment in Madagascar is through deforestation, or people cutting/getting rid of trees. Causes of Deforestation In Madagascar, deforestation is fueled by several factors and reasons. One factor that causes increased deforestation is the increase of the growth of coffee as a major crop. This cause, as with many others, began when the French colonized the country in 1896.
The brief extinction of the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly was a chain reaction of the emissions released by thousands of cars that drive on highway 280 everyday, that caused the growth of certain grasses, which covered the natural wildflowers that sustain the population of the butterflies. Likewise, “the globalization of hamburgers has helped destroy ecosystems and encouraged methane-producing cattle breeding” (Lechner 262). Although globalization is a huge factor in most environmental issues, it was useful in efforts to reduce the amount of environmental impacts and issues we are facing around the world. Because of globalization, “western countries had grown wealthy enough in the 1960’s to be able to afford focusing on environmental problems as a prime “post-material” priority” (252). Subsequently, many INGO’s were formed for conservation efforts, and a new political party, the Green Party, emerged from several countries.
Brazil Amazon rainforest is mostly threatened by deforestation and infrastructure. “More than half of the earth’s rainforests have already been lost forever to the insatiable human demand for wood and arable land.” (National Geographic, N.D). Deforestation is different from country to another, where it depends on how much it is useful for them. Many areas of the Amazon land is being used illegally for industrial work. Logging are cutting down trees for wood use to make paper, furniture and other items.
During that one year, there was an estimate of 2,255 miles of cleared land due to deforestation. The third largest extent of tropical rainforest is located in Peru. Peru loses between 224,000 and 300,000 hectares of forest per year, which results in 0.35-0.5 percent of annual deforestation. Like Brazil, deforestation in Peru is caused by commercial agriculture, mining, road construction and logging. Logging in Peru is illegal, but because the wood has so much value, traffickers decide to cut the trees.
Negative Human Impacts on Tropical Rainforests One of the major negative human impacts touching the tropical rainforests currently is deforestation. Deforestation is clearing large areas of forest land for non-forest uses. The main purpose land is cleared is for agricultural reasons. Farmers need this land to grow their crops on and to feed their cattle with. Due to the fact that the soil in tropical rainforests is fertile for only a few years, land has to be constantly cleared to make more space for farmland.
An estimated 18 million acres of forest is destroyed every year, almost the size of Massachusetts and Vermont combined (Global Resources Assessment 2010). Deforestation is occurring in Liberia which affects global warming and the amount and variety of natural resources and animal-borne illnesses. Liberia, a tropical country in West Africa, is considered one of the last strongholds of forests (Brown). Despite the government efforts to protect the forests by identifying them as National Parks or National Forests, and Norway paying Liberia 150 million dollars to end deforestation, deforestation continues (Morawski). Larger than the area of Maryland, twenty-five percent of Liberian forests have been sold to logging companies (Hirsch; Lupick).
The Amazon rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world and it needs to be protected at all costs. The deforestation of the Amazon not only hurts the rainforest itself and all the species in it, it could be harmful to the entire world. The Amazon rainforest is responsible for creating ¼ of the world’s oxygen and is often referred to as the “lungs of the Earth” (Deforestation 178). In addition to providing a significant amount of oxygen, the Amazon rainforest is also home to thousands of species. In fact, one 25-acre patch of the rainforest contains 750 kinds of trees, 1500 kinds of flowering plants, 125 species of mammals, 400 kinds of birds, and countless other unknown species (Deforestation 187).
Tropical rainforests are found in areas of land close to the equator. They are hot and humid, have lots of annual rainfall and have lots of biodiversity. These beautiful places are being affected by human deforestation which contributes to the global issue of global warming. Human population is growing and expanding into these areas, cutting down forest to do so and taking away its biodiversity. Before we talk about pressing issue with the rainforests, let 's get a better idea of what they are.
Adapting to global warming made it difficult for farmers. But, there has also been a problem with the temperatures. The average annual temperature has increased by 0.5 degrees, which more frequent heavy rain storms and drought has increased also. Small farmers are trying to find a better to develop improved seeds and harvest them in difficult environmental conditions. The Program for Local Agrarian Innovation has benefitted about 50,00 farmers with international development aid.
Deforestation is greatly impacted by human activity that has taken place over the past several years, because humans have had the greatest negative impact than any other species on the planet. Deforestation also affects the climate, with a danger of having a greater amount of carbon dioxide than can be maintained for human life. If people start to consider the preservation of the forests, the forest can still be used as a resource, as long as it is used in sparse amounts and only if it is absolutely necessary and does not contribute to a negative effect of deforestation. Deforestation puts the thousands of species that live in forests in danger, because without their natural habitat and source of food, a species will not be able to survive. Deforestation puts a huge negative impact on the global life of everyone as a whole and sets up future generations up for a terrible havoc on the planet and the ecosystem.
Despite the absolute vitality of healthy forest environments, deforestation is destroying swaths the size of Panama every year. There are many types of forests, ranging from the coniferous evergreens in the taiga to the temperate and deciduous forests of North America to the tropical palms of pacific islands, but tropical rainforests are the most commonly destroyed for a variety of purposes. Lush rainforests once covered over 16% of the Earth’s surface. They now cover around 2% and that number is dwindling. Forests like these
Rachelle Black Dr. Vivian Foss English 300 2 May 2016 Deforestation of the Peruvian Amazon: Economic Growth Leads to Environmental Decline Life of any kind is not sustainable without the environment. Likewise, the environment would not exist without life. Animal life and plant life are essential to maintaining a healthy environment because they create stability within the environment’s ecosystems and its natural cycles. Humans have not kept up their obligation to the environment that is so desperately needed. Instead of cherishing it and protecting it as it should have been, we have caused paramount damage to it by polluting its air and water and cutting down its forests.