But hopefully, we can work on repopulating the forest so that they can thrive once again. The deforestation of our planet has caused pollution levels to rise significantly. The populace of this planet, create an average of 2.2 billion tons of garbage a year and that means a bit more than 6 million tons of waste per day. Just
Increasing proportions of deforestation is because of industrial activities and large scale agriculture. By the beginning of the 2000’s more than three quarters of forest clearing was for cattle farming Illegal logging is a main cause of deforestation in the vicious cycle of rainforest destruction. This is when farmers remove valuable timber from areas that they have illegally occupied. This results in land grabbers building roads that lead into untouched parts of the Amazon which opens more doors into the wonders and exposes the forest to exploitation and destruction without even a second thought or an understanding of the damage being done and the consequences of these
Another effect will be that wood will be expansive because of its rareness, and that will trigger criminal to illegal cut the remaining trees for profits. Another result that will cause by habitat destruction is the decrease of oxygen amount. Since trees are enormous plants, their production of oxygen is significant. It is expected by Curley (2017) that 40 percent of the earth's oxygen is generated by tropical rainforests, though they cover only about 6 percent of the land. Rainforests in the Amazon have reduced by 17 percent in the last 50 years as a result of deforestation and that will work on decreasing the amount of oxygen and rising the mortality rate of all living beings.
“It is estimated that in 100 years, there will be no rainforests left. The rate of deforestation is equal to the loss of 20 football fields every minute.” (“Deforestation Facts” 1) As a result, there are fewer trees to absorb carbon emissions and groundwater, which affects climate and the water table. Deforestation is the loss of trees, usually due to manmade causes, such as urbanization, mining, logging, and agricultural activities. One of the most overall effected forests is the Amazon. The world’s most expansive forest, the Amazon, is the site of the greatest projected loss of natural life-sustaining habitat and beauty due to deforestation which makes efforts to conserve the forest and save its defenseless inhabitants a critical priority and essential duty of our time.
The high demand for more farmland helps drive the need to cut down more trees, which in turn, contributes to deforestation. Tropical forests have the highest impact rate when it comes to deforestation due to agriculture. In the tropics, only the topsoil is highly fertile, so when the nutrient-rich soil is gone, people cut down more trees to find more fertile topsoil. Tropical forests lose thousands of acres daily due to agricultural use. One way people take out trees for agriculture us is a process called “slash and burn”.
Either way, it’s a lose-lose situation for all who are involved. Deforestation kills more than just trees; it affects everyone and everything, from people to plants to insects and animals. It is taking a toll on the Earth’s environment and population. Around 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood, and forests cover nearly 31% of the planet’s land area. Protecting life on land is a much broader concept than one might think.
Deforestation is the elimination and clearing of forests or trees on Earth on a massive scale and transform into a non-forest use. At the current rate of deforestation, rain forests of the world could disappear in a hundred of years. There is not a single cause for deforestation but there are multiple processes that cause deforestation to happen. It can happen for many reasons like cut down the trees to be used as a fuel, agricultural expansion and infrastructure expansion. Deforestation can be more dangerous than the total exhausts emissions of all the cars and trucks in the world.
The buzzing of the chainsaw blares throughout the Amazon Rainforest; birds flock to the sky, tigers dash away, scared for their safety and home as the chainsaw is destroying it. The chainsaw slices through the rough, brown exterior of the trees, one by one leaving none standing. Brazil used to have the highest deforestation rate, although the rate has gone down, it is still occurring in Brazil. As stated in the article “17 Important Pros and Cons of deforestation”, from Green Garage, it clarifies the fact that an estimate of 30% of the land on earth is covered with trees, but as the years progress many forests have been cut down in favor of the benefits it brings to the human population. Although the benefits that come with deforestation are
Throughout history, deforestation has had a variety of effects on the global world. As the world and the people on it grow and develop, deforestation increases as well. The United States and Brazil are specific countries that have lost millions of acres of land to deforestation. This massive clearing of land and forests has a major impact on these countries such as climate change, species extinction, and environmental and biodiversity corruption. The land, environments, and species destroyed take 50 or more years to regrow.
Rainforests used to cover “...14% of the Earth but now cover a meer 6%” (Barnes). Our “Lungs of the Earth” are shredded and whittled down every day in production for agricultural industries, plantation, cattle ranches, city expansions, and the list goes on. This destruction is threatening indigenous tribes, hundreds of thousands of species each day, and even in fact the world we are living in. Rainforests did provide 20% of the supply of oxygen we take in every day, but of course that number has decreased significantly. The deforestation leads back to major causes of this controversy, people who are positively benefiting from the depletion itself.