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.
The environment and ecosystem have been greatly affected since the early ninetieth century. Environmental issues increased as globalization spread to new countries. The use of fossil fuels, to produce goods and new technological advances, increased the amount of greenhouse gases. Environmentalists, like Dr. S. Weiss, explain the chain reaction globalization causes in certain areas. 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.
This industry not only provides the populous with inexpensive power but also creates a steady employment option. Besides an increase in the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, the mass accumulation of coal ash and its leaks and spills into local rivers negatively affect the environment (“Energy-Related”). According to Earthjustice, “North Carolina generates over 5.5 million tons of ash per year” ("Coal Ash Contaminates”). In Eden, N.C. in 2014, the largest coal ash spill occurred, releasing 39,000 tons into the Dan River, which supplies drinking water to surrounding communities, a habitat for aquatic organisms, and recreational activities (Gallucci). Coal ash, also known as coal combustion residuals or CCRs, contains hazardous byproducts from power production, including arsenic, lead, mercury, and chromium, that can poison drinking water sources for humans and devastate wildlife habitats (“Coal Ash Basics”).
“Forests are vital for sustainable development and human wellbeing” said Dr. Emily B. Schultz, Associate Professor of Forestry. Nevertheless the decline of forests over the world last decade has led to grave imbalance of earth's green lung. Undoubtedly, one of the major threats behind the forest‘s cover has been forest fires. This essay paper will give you a glimpse about forest fire. It includes defining what forest fire is, then the causes and impacts will mentioned from environmental, economic and social perspectives after that the most effective solutions will be elaborated and evaluated by their own pros and cons in other to find out the best one Forest Fire, in other words, means, "A severe, uncontrollable and massive fire that occurs in wooded and dry areas" it is also known as wildfire, vegetation fire.
What are they and which country or countries are affected? Some of the environmental concerns that face South America are deforestation and pollution. Brazil is between the five countries with the largest forest. "Brazil 's case has been great and this is mainly because there is a political goal to reduce deforestation by 80% by 2020 which is supported by the president" according to Loyche Mette Wilkie, coordinator of the report she is the Director of Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). In a study, published in the journal Nature in January, showed that the combination of agriculture, deforestation and climate change are weakening the Amazonian ecosystem, which can lead to the loss of its ability to retain carbon dioxide and generation of rain not only affecting Brazil but also their neighbors, Argentina, Uruguay and
The Brazilian Amazon is home to 40% of the world’s tropical rainforest. Incidentally, it also has the world’s fastest rate of deforestation. Tropical Rainforests around the world are lost at the rate of one acre per second with the average rate of Brazilian Amazon being such that 2 million hectares of forest land are cleared every year. There are multiple causes for this extensive rate of deforestation and this paper will address four such causes namely (1) rapid population growth, (2) industrial logging and mining, (3) changing spatial patterns of deforestation, and (4) wildfires. Moreover, there are several Brazilian state policies that encourage deforestation practices of which this paper will look at five key aspects – (1) taxes on agricultural income, (2) rules of land allocation, (3) land taxes, and (4) tax credit schemes and subsidized credits.
The earth is the only planet that burns, and the main reason that it burns is because of the very things that keep our planet cool—the plants. Forest fires are a major ecological issue in the 21st century. While there are advantages to wildfires such as clearing out the tangles of brush and undergrowth built up over the years, act as a source of fuel, and enable a generation of seedling to grow by thinning out the forests; these massive fires or mega fires as they now call it have become much greater and intense than what it had been. This rise in large and uncontrollable mega fires have become a fact of life. Humans are the only species that light and fight fires.
One of the main reasons for the cause of climate changes is greenhouse gas emission. “Current emissions are several times higher than the sustainable level, and increasing.”(Randers, 2008) The climate has been having drastic changes due to the amount of burning fossil fuels and deforestation that deteriorates the ozone layer and changes the global temperature. The reduction of greenhouses is possible, but even if we stop man-made emissions tomorrow it would still take about a hundred years until the emissions levels ware able to arrive to the pre-industrial levels because of the inertia in the global system. (Randers,
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).
According to The World Counts, “70% of our world’s plant and animal species live in forests,” and when deforestation happens, animals lose their habitats. When animals lose their habitat (Anadiplosis), they are not accustomed to their new surroundings and could potentially go extinct. Species depend on forests to survive and when the forests are cut down, the animals have nothing left. Forests are heavily depended on for resources and ways of life. The Pachamama Alliance Organization claims that, “the tropical rainforests of South America are responsible for 20% of earth’s oxygen.” This proves the earth relies greatly on forests and may suffer consequences because of the speedy rate trees are being cut