“Effects of Deforestation on Biodiversity and Species Extinction in the Amazon Rainforest” Brazil’s Amazon rainforest covers one third of South America, and is the world’s largest and richest ecosystem -- home to more than half of the world’s animal and plant species. FOOTNOTE Rainforests, like the Amazon, are critically important environments in maintaining the health and biodiversity of the plant and animal species living on the planet. However, the survival of millions of species is threatened every day. Among these destructive forces are climate change, poaching, and hunting. However, deforestation – the process of tree cutting to clear large swaths of land mainly for agricultural purposes, like cattle raising, is one of the most pervasive
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. Although deforestation is a popular way of means, the effects of it are long lasting. Deforestation leads to issues in South America such as mudslides, loss of virgin forests, loss of habitats, and the loss of homelands.
Introduction: Description: Deforestation is defined as the permanent destruction of forests in order to make land available for other uses. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 18 million acres of forest are lost each year. This equals to approximately 36 football fields of forest being cleared each minute. Though deforestation occurs all over the world, it’s the tropical forests which are being particularly targeted. Due to this countries such as Indonesia, Brazil, the Democratic republic of Congo and Thailand have a very
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 Amazon Rainforest is the world's greatest natural resource and wWorld’s largest tropical rainforest, yet still it is being destroyed just like other rainforests around the world everyday. If we destroy the forest we are destroying ourselves. The Amazon Rainforest is a home to half of the world’s species (citation needed). There are also many native tribes that live in the rainforest. Native tribes that live in the Amazon Rainforest face disasters in their everyday life. The Amazon Rainforest provides all the oxygen that people around the world need. Basically the Amazon rainforest gives us life. The benefits of developing the Amazon Rainforest outweigh the costs because it causes deforestation, pollution in the water and the air,
The Amazon Rain forest is losing its natural landscape more and more as the loggers who are cutting down trees and removing its importance to the world. Cattle ranchers are also a big problem to the amazon rain forest because they are removing land just for the cattle to have more space. About 20% of the world's fresh air is found coming from the Amazon Rainforest also the environmentalist are helping the Amazon a lot by letting tourist to learn about the rainforest and the donations and money they receive goes to the rain forest so they can help the amazon survive this terrible crime.
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. However, despite rapid deforestation there have been long drawn efforts made by the domestic and global actors for forest conservation and curbing practices of deforestation. This has led to a tussle between pro-development and pro-environment policy networks trying to influence policies which directly affect the Amazon Rainforest and its inhabitants. The paper will also analyze 4 stages in the history of Brazil from 1960s to now in light of such policy networks.
They impact The combination of selective logging and wildfire damage turns these once lush rainforests into measly scrubs of smaller trees and vines, which stores 40 percent less carbon than undisturbed forests. It’s important because if the 40% keeps growing more and more every year then the time we know it the rainforest will be gone. Loggers don’t just cut down trees they also make roads in the rainforest, also they also clear areas for farmers and cattle ranchers, which needs a lot of land to feed lots of cows and plants that need space because of their roots. When loggers cut down trees what will happens to all the animals that live in the trees? The animals will have to find a new home in the rainforest, but then what will happen when all the trees are gone?
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.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, approximately twenty-seven soccer fields worth of trees are cut down per minute (Hook). Deforestation is a major environmental problem occurring all over the world. Trees are being cut down constantly for a number of reasons, which is greatly harming the environment. Deforestation is causing more and more problems in the world such as, global warming and loss of habitat. Trees are being cut down at a very fast rate and we need to do something about it before it is too late.
Deforestation is when trees are cut down burnt or cleared in any way shape or form. Tropical rainforest deforestation is occurring in rainforests around the world but mostly near the equator. Specifically this happens in the Brazilian Amazon. The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. This happens in the Amazon for many reasons. The most prominent reason for deforestation is commercial logging which is the cutting down of tropical hardwoods for exportation. This is a very important factor the deforestation of the Amazon. As the need for more wood increases around the world, the Amazon must be cut down further in order to satisfy these demands. Another reason is cattle grazing. More and more farmers need pastures for their livestock.
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.
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