Deforestation In The Amazon Rainforests

1483 Words6 Pages

Deforestation is the mass cutting down of trees, or the permanent destruction of forests. Deforestation is a world problem but is majorly found in South American countries like Brazil. The deforestation in the Brazilian rainforest first began in 1970. The rate of deforestation has only increased rapidly since then. Rain forests cover over 30% of Earth’s land. They provide massive amounts of oxygen and store carbon dioxide. Every second one and a half acres of forest is being cut down. The rate of deforestation per minute is equal to the same amount as 19 football fields, if this rate continues there are not going to be any forests within 100 years.This is a rapid amount and is expected to increase. Many rain forests have already been cleared. …show more content…

In the 1970’s, 9000 miles of streets and paths were created. In total this project cleared an uncountable number of trees. As a result of the streets available to the public now. Farmers had easy access to the rain forest and this resulted in the beginning of logging for farms. Farmers began to clear trees for land. Other people flooded the forest looking to obtain the wood or build there house in the forest for a cheaper price. The final and main cause of deforestation is the need for flat, treeless land. Most trees are cut down in order to create room for housing. The flat land is used for urbanization as well as cattle ranching. Cattle-Ranching is the #1 cause of deforestation. Cattle-Ranching makes up for ¾ of deforestation since the 2000’s. From the 1960’s to 1975 cattle ranching has made up for around 38% of the deforestation of the amazon rain forest. In present day cattle-ranching is credited with roughly 70% of …show more content…

Only some of these solutions have worked, many have been unsuccessful. One solution to deforestation is reforestation. Reforestation is the process of planting a lot of new trees to make up for the ones cut down. Alive trees will reduce the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The trees will also contribute to new wildlife habitats, restore water cycles, and rebuild carbon storage. The new trees will help store some of the carbon that was released from the cut down forests. A drawback to this concept is that although replanting trees is good, the lost ecosystems will not be able adapt back after losing their

Show More
Open Document