According to Nebel and Wright, “four basic principles are essential for achieving a sustainable ecosystem, the goal of the environmental movement. They are: (1) recycling elements in order to dispose of wastes and replenish nutrients; (2) using solar energy; (3) maintaining the size of consumer populations to prevent overgrazing; and (4) maintaining biodiversity.” An ecological emergency can happen when any of these domains are settled with compromise. While people are destroying the tropical rainforests, they don’t realize that they are destroying 40% of the world’s supply of oxygen. 40 million acres of tropical rainforest are being lost annually to deforestation and humans destroying the Earth.
Thank you Aunt Bessie for giving me the opportunity to learn about the progressive era and letting me give your money to the three reforms I chose. I was very intrigued when I started researching about these four progressive reforms. Some things I found out were atrocious and the others just plain out disgusting. Although women 's suffrage is a huge issue, deforestation, child labor, and food safety struck me the most deserving. The progressive era was a time from about 1900 to 1920.
The tools used to aid deforestation are normally gas powered, which adds carbon to the atmosphere, and they are also killing the only things that take carbon out of the atmosphere, the trees. Carbon in the atmosphere heats up the earth, and causes global warming, all because people are making more cocoa farms. A significant portion of the Ivory coast’s protected forests have been cut down to make room for illegal cocoa farms. An Ohio State professor and his colleagues surveyed protected forests in Côte d’Ivoire and discovered that 74% of all the forests had been cut down to make way for the aforementioned cocoa farms(D). Even though Côte d’Ivoire is trying to protect forests, their defenses aren’t strong enough because of the terrible economy.
(Document 3) In Brazil, many people are moving into the Amazon. Brazil does not have the resources to supply the entire population because of urbanization. The people that moved to the Amazon started cutting down trees, which led to the deforestation of the Amazon. Animals are not only the ones living in the forest, but humans live there too.
The government has passed many conservation policies to protect animals, eco-systems, plants and trees itself and indigenous people’s way of life, but many of these policies get overlooked and require a lot of extra work. How it affects the rest of the world- This action is permanent, and all of the world is targeted as a potential setting for deforestation. It is predicted that the continuing action may result in very few rainforest across the entire globe. Cutting trees can also be harmful to our ozone layer, which protects earth from dangerous radiation.
Michael Boydstun ENVS 101-1998 Environmental Impact of deforestation In the Pacific Northwest The first people to explore the wilderness in what is now Oregon and Washington documented beautiful forests of mesmerizingly large trees as far as the eye can see. The explorer’s initial reports brought in people who came to make a profit off the forest and the vast amounts of lumber it could provide. Lumber mills were built before the area was even added to the union. The environmental footprint started out small, but the lack of regulation, lack of enforcement of the existing regulations, and an increase in technology quickly created a large environmental battle over the whole region.
The Amazon Rainforest trees provide the air that we need and the trees are been cut down which means we will have less oxygen in the atmosphere and more carbon dioxide. Eventually, all living things die. Deforestation increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the air because when the trees die they release carbon dioxide in the air. Native tribes rely on the trees for shelter and medicine. If the people living in the Amazon rainforest breath all the carbon dioxide in the air they will at some point get sick and die because they have little medication.
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.
Deforestation is a method of removing trees and forests through the process of cutting and burning, this has been around for hundreds of years. In countries like South America, the people turn to agriculture to meet the needs of everyday life, which leads to deforestation. In poor communities in places like South America, farming is the way of life because this is how they survives and make money. By the removing of trees, it creates more space for farming grazing, and it’s a source of income for many people. The loss of land is also due to mining as well creating another source of income in South America.
This means that a larger quantity of trees need to be planted than what are cut each year. This would allow for the services which the ecosystem provides such as the storage of carbon dioxide, keeping the balance between the water on the land and in the atmosphere and providing habitats for animals to keep being offered. Reforestation is, however, not a sustainable solution since there would be a need for a severely great effort if we were to be able to reduce the negative effects of deforestation. Reforestation furthermore won’t prevent species from becoming extinct since it wouldn’t be done near their habitats due to the presence of e.g. agricultural farmers. Nor will the newly planted trees be able to store the carbon dioxide which has been released prior to it having begun to grow.
Deforestation: Good or Bad? By Tristan McDermott (Final Copy) Deforestation is a controversial environmental issue, with some people believing that it is necessary to cut down trees to make room for things such as buildings and roads, while others believe that it is bad because it is destroying the environment. I believe that deforestation, while it does have a few positive effects, mainly has negative effects that massively outweigh the positive effects. According to an article written by National Geographic, (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation/) deforestation is a major contributor to global warming: “Trees also play a critical role in absorbing the greenhouse gases that fuel global warming.
Without the transpiration of trees, deforested areas become drier. Changes in weather and shelter cause deforested areas to undergo a tremendous loss of biodiversity. The scientist hasn’t even come close to testing 1% of the plants in the tropical rainforests for medicinal use, but they regularly discover species that are helpful to us the people. But, these forests and their potential benefits are looking like they may disappear by the end of this century if we don’t stop
They contain many unique species which provide food, medicine and other biological products. Plants from tropical rainforests already provide about one-quarter of today’s pharmaceutical products. According to the National Cancer Institute, 70% of the plants useful in the treatment of cancer can only be found in the tropical rainforests. 3. Rainforests regulate the world’s climate by influencing wind,
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
When deforestation occurs, the wood of trees releases extensive amounts of carbon dioxide that only adds onto the greenhouse effect. An example of deforestation comes in the form of urbanization and the act to industrialize further within a country. In the last thirty years, India’s forest only covers 21 percent of the nation (23,716 Industrial Projects, 2016). Based on governmental information and data, lands are being curbed aside in order to organize commercial projects. These acts aren’t just happening in India.