Pros And Cons Of Deforestation

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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…show more content…
Trees can produce different products that can be used for building and other day-to-day functions. In the text “tree Cutting Does Have Positive Environmental Consequences,” Bill Cook, a forester and wildlife biologist, describes that the construction of buildings would be impossible without cutting the trees for wood (Cook). For example, when building a house, construction workers first make the structure of the house from wood, before adding cement and any other building essentials. Paper products, such as toilet paper and boxes, are made from different parts of trees (Cook). The deforested trees are not being wasted because other parts of the tree will be used when necessary. Through regeneration, forests can continue to thrive while also being cleared. According to the article “Natural Regeneration of Tropical Forest Reaps Benefits,” Kristen Cole explains that the forest “regrowth can happen without planting trees, through the spontaneous process of natural regeneration” (Cole). Natural regeneration occurs eventually and will allow trees to regrow in the forest without someone spending too much money on planting trees that would replace the deforested ones. The growing of new trees will allow the forest to stay healthy since it will replace old ones that may have lacked nutrients as it aged. Robin Chazdon, a professor at the…show more content…
The deforested trees release greenhouse gases that were stored, into the atmosphere which takes part in polluting the air. In Lauren Bennett’s article, “Deforestation and Climate Change,” she states, “As burning trees occurs, it can release hundreds of years worth of stored carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.” Her idea shows the disadvantage of causing harm to trees. Furthermore, she explains that the carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere accounts for about 25% of greenhouse gas production (Bennett). The release of carbon dioxide is one-fourth of the cause that damages the atmosphere by increasing the effects of climate change. Trees hold the carbon dioxide in, so once they are damaged, they will release the carbon dioxide. Climate change is not only harmful to the environment but also to living species. Climate change can bring about droughts and to make matters worse, “deforestation encourages higher levels of water consumption for livestock and crops” (“17 Important Pros and Cons of deforestation”). There is this cycle that goes on, as deforestation continues to occur, climate change effects become more prominent since it can result in more utilization of water. This will then cause less water to be available, and result in climate change creating droughts; the environment is getting damaged. From the article, “Positives and negatives of

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