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The planet Earth is being scarred. Everyday the people of the planet earth are polluting the planet’s air, water and land. These are all natural resources that are necessary for our survival on this planet. Yet, we continue to abuse our planet. Our world population is growing out of control. The simple lesson of supply and demand tells us that we will need more resources in order to support the booming population. One of the most important factors in survival is food supply. With out enough food, we will not survive. Unfortunately, our forest ecosystems are paying the price for the food demand. Deforestation is a major problem on our planet. It is...
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Deforestation is happening in this world every minute of the day. It is destroying trees and habitats of the animals that live in it. The question is, what is Deforestation? Deforestation is a process of clearing of tress from a large area, mainly forest and woodlands. It is also a process that involves a competition among different land users for scare resources which means the interaction of the many environmental, social, economic, cultural, and political forces of any given region. There are a lot of factors contributing to this deforestation, and because of this factors, the amount of forest in this world are getting lesser and lesser by the minute. The first factor is land...
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Eight thousand years ago, when humans didn't have an astounding affect on the world ecosystem, trees covered two fifths of the land. Since that time, the human race has burnt and chopped down half of the original forestland. According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, deforestation is defined as the action or process of clearing of forests... (www.m-w.com). The act of deforestation could, in a matter of just a few decades, completely strip the earth of trees. Deforestation not only has a phenomenal effect on the ecological balance of the world, but its economic stability as well. Tropical rainforests are disappearing faster than ever before. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)...
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Surrounded by hills and plains, a small distance away from the Mongolian Plateu, Beijing suffers from extreme temperature change and deforestation. Every year after battling a brutal winter, that sandstorm from the Gobi desert invades the city as spring approaches. The entire city is swallowed in dust and diminishes visibility. To the people of Beijing it is the most miserable time of the year. Year after year, local residents have adjusted themselves and learnt to deal with this dusty season by covering their head and face with a mask or a scarf. In 2013, the sandstorm and smog was said to be so bad that even the now deceased chairman of the Communist party, Mao Zedong had a facemask...
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Deforestation is a major global problem with serious consequences to
the planet. These consequences have a negative effect on the climate,
biodiversity, the atmosphere and threatens the cultural and physical
survival of life. Deforestation is the permanent destruction of
indigenous forests and woodlands. It has resulted in the reduction of
indigenous forests to four-fifths of their pre-agricultural area, so
that now indigenous forests cover only 21% of the earth's land
surface. The world Resources Institute regards deforestation as one of
the worlds most pressing land use problem. It is now so bad that every
minute an area of forest equal to 20 football...
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Rainforests throughout the world are being destroyed and cut down by us; for the excessive amount of paper we use at school, for the magazines in which we love, and even for the toilet paper we use. Rain forests are one of the oldest existing ecosystems in the world, but maybe not for long. At the rate in which deforestation is occurring, which is approximately eighty acres every minute or roughly the size of Florida in one year (“Rainforest Alliance”), future generations may only be able to experience what was the beautiful jungle through pictures and descriptions. Can you imagine a world without wild life, without many of the exotic species? Although cutting down rainforests can...
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Merriam-Webster defines deforestation as “the act or process of cutting down or burning all the trees in an area” (Def. 1). Sometimes, deforestation can occur unintentionally because of forest fires, changes in climate, floods, and insects. Most deforestation happens intentionally by humans in order to use the land for farms and cities or to use the trees for paper and wood products. This practice has existed since the dawn of man, and in that time, about 80% of the Earth's forests are gone. If we continue at this rate, all of the rain forests in the world could disappear in a hundred years. Deforestation is harmful because it can lead to biodiversity loss, soil erosion, and...
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Deforestation should be banned
Deforestation is an issue all over the world. It harmfully affects everything in a way or other, including the ecosystem, human beings, and the animals that live in the forests. The outcomes of cutting down thousands of trees increases as human beings increase in their population, and the long-term results can be shocking as more and more species of animals become endangered. I have three reasons why deforestation should be banned.
Firstly, Deforestation cause loss of habitat for millions of species. Seventy percent of animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes. Many animals that live in the forests...
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DeforestationTable of ContentsIntroduction 1Important Facts 1Historical Background 1-2Background Law 2Causes of Deforestation 2The Green House Effect 2-3Reducing Deforestation 3Case Studies 3-4Pros and Cons ...
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Forests are vegetable formations which cover 31% of the terrestrial surface in the world. According to the FAO*, 300 million of people live in or around forests and 1.6 billion depend on different degrees to the forest to live. Moreover, 40% of the terrestrial carbon is stocked in the forest. Consequently, forest are essential for the survival of our planet.
By 2008, more than 17% of the pre-1970 forests had been cleared. Deforestation has become a huge problem, and the Amazonia is probably the forest which is the most in danger since 2000.
One of the most important causes of tree cleaning in the world is the agricultural expansion, which means the development of culture for industrial...
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Deforestation, or “the cutting down and removal of all or most of the trees in a forested area,” has caused an adverse effect on the natural habitats, or “the natural environment of an organism”, of plant and animal life(“Deforestation”; Random House). Besides the destruction of the animals’ homes, deforestation has caused and will continue to cause an increase in soil erosion, flooding, and carbon emissions ("Amazon Rainforest: Consequences."). Deforestation ravages not only the land, but every living creature and their habitats within. I propose that we solve this growing problem by making and enforcing stricter regulations on the field of deforestation.
One problem caused by...
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The intensity of the beauty of the rainforest is indescribable and timeless, and cannot be simply captured by a photograph. It’s one of nature’s most mystical biological treasures, created over millions of years. However, the rainforest is far from just being a beautiful refuge for exotic animals because also rainforests have a profound effect on the lives of humans around the world. Most people are simply not educated about deforestation and the distinct characteristics that rainforests possess which are vital to our existence. This ignorance is leading to the evitable extinction of rainforests around the world, and will profoundly affect every human being on the...
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Rainforest biomes are characterized by high rainfall of 1750-2000 mm (68-78 inches) annually. They have tall, dense jungles because of competition for sunlight. Rainforests are often found in tropical climates (regions between the Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer) and they are home to the majority of the world’s species. They contain one-half to two-thirds of the world’s surface (Lindsey Rebecca). The climate of rainforest biomes is very hot and humid. There are two types of rainforests: tropical and temperate. The Tropical rainforest can be found in three major geological areas namely Central America in the Amazon River basin; Africa-Zaire basin, small portion in West Africa, and...
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Deforestation and Biodiversity
While the loss of forests is clearly visible, a decline in biodiversity has a less apparent effect. The subtle loss of biodiversity fails to indicate the significance that fewer species in the ecosystem increases the fragility of life for all species. Despite the negative effects of deforestation and the consequential decline of biodiversity, trees are cut down for an economic and consumer benefit. Members of society need to determine how much economic cost they are willing to spend in order to preserve plant and animal species.
To reduce the degree of deforestation, tree harvesters may use selective logging, which involves only the removal of trees...
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When most people think of deforestation they think of the rainforest. However, this is an environmental issue that takes place all over the world. In the following pages I will expand on what exactly deforestation means, and why as a world we have a need for it, even though it has adverse effects globally. Deforestation affects our environment by reducing biodiversity, changing the water cycle, affecting soil erosion and also plays a part in the ongoing phenomenon of global warming. Since, this is a global matter, the United Nations has implemented policies to help reduce the damage done by deforestation. The UNREED policy is globally based, while the REED+ policy is nationally...
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Around the world exorbitant amounts of land are cleared for the purpose of human development. Land that was once forested and sloping is now flat and cleared for more humans to settle. This process of clearing forests and trees is known as deforestation. Deforestation occurs all over the globe as the increasing human population needs to expand the amount of land they use for living or farming. Our planet was once covered with trees and forests but now nearly half have disappeared with an estimated 16 million hectares that will continue to disappear each year. (Abrams p.1) While deforestation is definitely a problem experienced globally the top ten biggest culprits include: Honduras,...
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Deforestation is a serious problem today, and has been for a long time. It is one of the greatest threats to nature on Earth, if not the single greatest. It is one root cause of soil erosion, the root cause of global warming, and the greatest contributor to the endangerment and extinction of so many species throughout the world. To understand deforestation though, one must know exactly what it is first. Therefore, deforestation is defined by the Encyclopedia Britannica Online as "The cutting down and clearing of trees from forests, usually causing ecological harm. The process has occurred as long as wood has been used as an energy source." Furthermore, "In the 1990's, the deforestation of...
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Deforestation has different levels of which I am going to try to outline in a simple manner. The deforestation begins on a local level, then to a regional, level and then last the global level.
As you will read, the forest is home to people and wildlife, etc. The forest also has many purposes for which we need but “we” as a whole is a big picture. We can use it but we also abuse it. Every living creature needs the forest for oxygen, that is what the trees are for, but if we keep cutting them for logging, cattle-raising for soy, and many other reasons we do what we do, then how will we breathe?
First, deforestation is on a local level and the impact of this loss is the people’s...
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The subject of deforestation and the effects that it has on the environment have been heavily debated for a long time; particularly over the last few years. Governments and large lumber companies see large profits in the mass deforestation of forests and state that their actions are having few, if any, harmful effects on the environment. Most people disagree with this and think that the environmental effects are devastating and will become irreversibly disastrous in the very near future. Whether or not the pros outweigh the cons will be hotly debated for years to come but the fact is that deforestation is harmful to the environment and leads to declining wildlife populations, drastic changes...
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What is happening to the Earth? Our home is becoming a barren mass of sorrow. Most people in America are blind to what is going on. Could it be that every individual is just turning a cheek the other way. America is faced with an extremely serious problem, and if it is not acted upon there will be nothing left on Earth. Hopefully it will still be able to thrive after the numerous accounts of human destruction. Deforestation in America is a huge problem with devastating affects to humans. The root causes of this travesty are mainly the ongoing need to increase America's economic growth, and the idea of frontierism. These two aspects of deforestation tie together well. Together they help...
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One would be amazed to learn all of the things that our environment provides for our everyday life, one of those things being trees. Trees do so many amazing things for us; they allow us to live on earth by providing oxygen, preventing soil erosion, provide housing for many different animal species around the world, providing heat and energy for us. They play such a big part of our daily lives that many people may not even realize it. Some little known benefits that trees provide us are that they actually increase our homes property value, we use them when we go to school, notebooks, when we eat lunch on fieldtrips, paper lunch bags, and so much more....
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"Ladies and gentlemen, the world's forests need to be seen for what they are—giant global utilities, providing essential public services to humanity on a vast scale." -- Prince Charles on Deforestation
Many development institutions and politicians regard population pressure as the major factor causing rainforest destruction. Nobody can deny the serious global problem of population growth. However, the belief that this is the main cause of rainforest loss is used by many governments and businesses to imply that there is little or nothing they can do about the problem of rainforest destruction.
An examination of forest destruction on a regional basis reveals that this is not so. In fact...
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The Problem of Deforestation
The world’s forests are in grave danger. Over half of the original
forest cover has been destroyed, and things are set to deteriorate
unless the current alarming rate of deforestation is checked. Every
minute an estimated 26 hectares of forest is lost – that’s an area
equivalent to 37 football pitches - and it is not difficult to see
that if this continues we will be left with a planet devoid of
woodland. This would be catastrophic: not only are forests home to
some of the most important species on earth, but they also play a
vital role in regulating the climate and making the planet habitable.
Much of the earth was...
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Centuries prior to the ruling of the Castro government, in the 16th centuryprecisely, 90 percent of Cuba was covered with forests. Agriculture Ministry officials inCuba revealed that the Castro government, in the last for decades, had sown 1.24million acres of trees, of which were mainly derived from the mountainous zones of theSierra Maestra, Escambray, and Sierra de los Organos. This reduced Cuba's forestcover to 53 percent and by 1960 it was down by 13.5 percent. Ultimately, mining,farming, sugar planting, supplying timber and setting up cattle ranches, demolishedCuba's forests over the centuries.Deforestation, in any case, is both detrimental to the environment and to theeconomy of Cuba....
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Old growth forests in the Northwest have fallen victim to the activities of human beings. Companies are replacing these vital forests with plantations or second-growth forests, resulting in the disruption of the vital network of harmonious relationships that sustain the intricate old-growth forest communities. Many people are oblivious to the fact that these forests are essential to our planet. Not only do they provide homes for many wildlife species, but they also accumulate biomass more efficiently than any other ecosystem on Earth, are responsible for the majority of recycled nutrients in the forest ecosystem and play a significant role in the protection against fires and floods and...
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Humans rely on trees in many aspects for their day-to-day lives. Trees provide food, shelter, medicines, and a fresh supply of oxygen. As of 2014, thirty percent of earth supports forests, but that number rapidly decreases. Because of deforestation, Earth loses swaths of forests the size of Panama every year. The people responsible for this mainly falls to the loggers who chop down trees for lumber and farmers who clear the trees away to make room for agriculture. Loggers and farmers should end deforestation to prevent the extinction of species and to avoid the extreme climate changes.
As people cut down trees, it destroys the habitats of millions of plants and animals that may not survive...
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Hypothesis:Deforestation is a global issue, not just one country's
I have been asked to write an assignment on the effects and causes of
the deforestation-taking place in the Amazon rainforest. During this
assignment I shall investigate the following topics:
· Why has deforestation taken place in the Amazon rainforest?
· Can the government of Brazilsolve this major
· Before and after destruction issue?
· What are the developments in the rainforest?
· What are the negative consequences of deforestation?
· Identify the main green house gases and the reasons for their
· How dose deforestation in Brazil effect...
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Deforestation and the Amazon Rainforest: The DownfallThe Amazon Rainforest is more than likely the most well-known rainforest in the world. It is home to many species of animals, insects, plants, microorganisms, and some indigenous populations. Some species that thrive in the Amazon are actually becoming extinct. The Amazon as a whole has seen a lot of deforestation in past years, and is continuing to see it. Logging and burning for different purposes is what deforestation really boils down to. From logging the trees for urbanization purposes, to burning forestland for livestock grazing purposes, the Amazon is slowly slipping away, and there are a lot of negative downfalls of this. There are...
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Deforestation is the clearing of a forest and/or cutting down of trees for human benefits such as agriculture, wood exports, etc. Deforestation is the cause of numerous environmental impacts such as habitat loss, flooding and soil erosion. It can also cause climate change, by reducing the amount of rainfall and changing the amount of sunlight reflected from Earth’s surface and increases the risk of forest . Tree growth is important for biodiversity because they absorb carbon dioxide which is a harmful greenhouse gas . However, since deforestation reduces natural carbon sinks, it disrupts the balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide in the air causing the amount of carbon...
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Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest: Human degradation and its consequences
Deforestation is a word that displays an image of cruelty against nature. In any language, and on every continent, the word deforestation is frowned upon by all social classes, however why it is still happening? The consequences of this act that involves human beings willing to cut down trees, burning plants, and destroy habitats of animals are just actions to satisfy some human being. The Amazon rainforest covers various countries where 60% is in Brazil, and 13% in Peru, and produces 20% of total oxygen in the world. Unfortunately, the political leaders of the countries that make up the Amazon jungle are not...
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IssueThere are approximately 2,000 million hectares of tropical forests in the world. Deforestation is happening all over the world, even in Canada. We may not notice it, but it's still here.Many hectares are constantly being converted to other land uses, mostly for agricultural uses. Several types of deforestation occur from "slash and burn" farmers, commercial farmers, ranchers, loggers, firewood collectors, industrial developers and much more.Forests are very important to the environment because they use carbon dioxide (CO2) and produce oxygen. They also provide food and a home for many different types of plants and animals. For example, if there was deforestation in a certain area where...
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In order for living creatures to survive, a stable environment must exist.
Although the environment is crucial for mans survival, man has been destroying it
since the beginning of time. Man has been destroying trees for the use of wood for
centuries. Today with an increasing population the amount of wood available has declined seriously in recent decades. People have been harvesting wood to cultivate land, burn, and for the use of raw materials for industry (Urquhart 2014). The estimated amount of deforestation taking place is twenty million hectares per year (Urquhart 2014). Climate change and global warming are just a few of the problems associated with the degradation of our forests.
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Brazil holds the global warming issue in the palms of its hands and the government of the world’s fifth-largest economy doesn’t seem to care. A recent article featured on usatoday.com states that the destruction of the Amazon rainforest rose 28% from August 2012 to July 2013 after 4 straight years of decline (Sibaja, 2013). I’m sure this may surprise some people because of the widespread concern of global warming and the affect it may have on future generations, but I don’t think the Brazilian government cares or is going to care unless another global superpower (France, Germany, China, United Kingdom, or the United States) presents some form of regulation and oversight to minimalize the...
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Is Deforestation out of Control?
Humans are very greedy when it comes to thinking of themselves and only themselves first. This is more so a problem in the United States of America than compared to other countries around the world, but the American way of life and its economy has a huge effect on the rest of the world and how it operates. For some reason, industries struggle to respect the natural resources that are on this planet. The industries use the Earth’s natural resources with reckless abandonment and do not necessarily have a back up plan to put in effect once all of them are depleted. The oil industry is the most popular example of this but it has also become a...
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This assignment is based on Key Idea 2: Problems can arise when one
pursues its own interests to the detriment of others.
Deforestation in the Amazon has led to conflicting interests in the
region. Potentially it can affect societies worldwide through global
In this assignment, I will agree or disagree with the following
'Deforestation in the Amazon benefits some people at the moment. It
causes problems for other people, both in Brazil and the rest of the
In order to draw up a conclusion to the hypothesis, I will be looking
the different types of developments, which have...
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Estimation of population density or abundance of arboreal primates such as Hylobates agilis is generally difficult due to their highly mobile nature and accessibility to sampling area can be very difficult. Conventional methods such as distance sampling or mark- recapture method requires big amount of effort, funding and man power. Alternatively, presence-absence method can be used which is relatively easy, less costly and requires lesser personnel The presence-absence method used in this study is one of the approach developed for estimating occupancy of single species within single season(MacKenzie, Nichols, Gideon, Droege, Royle and Langtimm, 2002).
Occupancy is the proportion of a...
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Through the progression of the Vitousek et al. class article describing domination of earth’s ecosystems by humans and subsequent articles describing what fuels deforestation and its adverse affects, much insight has been gained about land transformation. However all articles previously reviewed dealt with how agricultural methods, land transformation, and deforestation have affected solely ecological factors. Very little research has been done detailing which ways deforestation negatively affects humans. It is formerly understood that deforestation benefits the human lifestyle by yielding new space for crop production. A recent study published in 2014 has researched the ways that...
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Information from the Human Development Index (HDI) regarding life expectancy, education levels, adult literacy, and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) were used for comparison of countries with high deforestation rates. A World Bank database was used to obtain deforestation rates, population growth rates and HDI values. The statistical analyses used were t tests and correlation coefficients to examine correlations between different factors. Scatter plots were used to observe how closely the results mirrored the Kuznets curve; an inverted U- shaped curve predicting deforestation to increase, reach an equilibrium, and then decrease.
After two decades Jha and Bawa found that human population growth...
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Nowadays deforestation is the one of the most destructive and controversial environmental issues. Deforestation is defined as cutting down, clearing away or burning trees or forests. Particularly tropical rainforests are the most destructed type of forests because of its location in developing countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, India, central African countries and Brazil. Deforestation rate in those places is high enough to worry about, because of good economic potential of forests. As the result of causes such as agriculture land expansion, logging for timber, fire blazing and settling infrastructure there might be serious impacts in future, for instance, extinction of endemic...
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IntroductionDisasters can carve up to two sorts. One is natural, and another is by human behaviour. Do you know how does the flood formed? Do you know why people always threaten by landslide, sands storm, and air pollution? Have you understand why animals leaving us far and far, lesser and lesser? Have you counted how many trees cut to make pencils and paper? How many forests disappeared for found building and make furniture ( IKEA's profit has exceeded than Microsoft in last year), every year, ever month, every day even every minute? Nowadays, life materials demanded more and more by the high speed economy developing. But the natural resources are very limited. It is equals to suicide if...
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Solutions to the Problem of Deforestation
There are many things that one can do personally to rectify the
problem of Deforestation. These include such things as using wood
sparingly, planting indigenous trees, purchasing the most ecologically
sensitive products, recycling paper, reducing consumption of wood
related products, communicating your opinions to the proper
authorities, calling on forestry companies to act responsibly, and
more. Education, however is the most effective catalyst for change, we
must respect the forests as living communities not just resources to
There are many things that...
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The more forests that are destroyed, the more harm that is brought upon every species in existence, including humanity.
The world's last rain forests are vanishing. Despite a determined international campaign waged for years by an array of conservation and government organizations, the irresistible forces of population growth and rural poverty are consuming the lush tropics as never before.
Environmentalists predict that more than half of the Earth's total species will be extinct by the middle of this century2. Global warming, holes in the ozone layer, rising water levels, erosion of top soil, degradation of air quality, and ultra violet rays from the sun are plaguing this planet...
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Deforestation is fast becoming one of the world’s worst environmental/geographical occurring disasters known to mankind, and is due to humankind’s greed, ignorance and carelessness when considering the future of our environment.
On average millions of hectares of forests are destroyed each year resulting in severe consequences that will affect not only our lifestyle, but also all the animals with which we share our planet. Many species of animals and plants will become extinct and if we continue with the destruction of our forests, earth will be unable to sustain life.
Countries such as Brazil and Indonesia have been greatly affected by deforestation with well over two...
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The Amazon rain forest is number one when it comes to size topping the scales at a baffling 2.3 million square miles situated mostly in Brazil (Salas 9). Many of the world's rare and endangered plants and animals abide there. This important ecosystem is getting destroyed by the many trees that logging companies cut down. The deforestation of the Amazon has a negative effect on animals, people, and the world.The deforestation of the Amazon has bad effects on endangered animals such as the harpy eagle who live and depend on the Amazon. For every acre of rain forest there are about 20 to 100 different species of plants and animals living there ( Salas 13). The cutting down of trees destroys...
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In today's hectic world people work longer hours and utilize more technology and energy more than ever. The impact that this is having on the environment is substantial in both negative and positive ways. It is hard to deny the benefits modern technology has produced for the world, in industry and in everyday life. With more and more technological breakthroughs, there have been many positive ecological impacts, but the negative impacts are almost overwhelming. A Perfect example would be the deforestation of our rain forests.
Ecuador is located on the equator in the tropical Andes of South America. Its territory includes four principal regions: the Amazon, the Andes, the Pacific Coast, and...
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Chlorophyll enriched buds sprouted up from the fallen branches. The massive roots extended great distances from the trunk. The aged monster towered some three hundred feet into sky Many of its kind came before. The first may have originated some 130 million years ago. (7, pg.37) It stood when dinosaurs roamed and reptiles flew. Its vastness was nearly enough to cover the globe. These Species could be found from France and England in Europe. In Japan, America, Canada, and central Asia it thrived. The era of the devastating "Ice Age" brought extinction to many living things. (7, pg.40) But this lofty giant fought back. Although much of its grounds were destroyed, it managed to find refuge in a...
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Of all of the issues that effect the planet Earth from a Global Change standpoint, one of the most visible and highly publicized is the issue of rainforest destruction. The loss of this emerald on the planet's crown will end life as we know it, if something is not done...
* Rain forests are shrinking at a rate of 100 acres per minute...
There are primarily three activities which are causing rainforest destruction: agriculture, logging, and mining.
Agriculture is an absolute necessity for human life on Earth to continue. There are too many people on the planet for existence as hunters and gatherers to work anymore. That said, it must be realized that concessions must...
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According to Mooney and Ehrlich (1997), the idea that human beings depend on natural systems traces back as far as Plato. Plato (c. 400 BC) realised that deforestation could lead to soil erosion and the drying of springs (Daily 2007; Gómez-Baggethun et al., 2009).
The first modern publication that addresses this concept is in the book Man and Nature written by George Perkins Marsh dated 1864. Marsh started to realize that the world’s resources were not infinite and that natural systems are important to water, soil, climate, the disposal of waste and pest control. He also suggested that Earth’s natural resources were limited by looking at the changes in Mediterranean soil fertility (Mooney...
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Deforestation has significantly become a major environmental issue in both Indonesia and Brazil over few years ago. As populations in both countries have impressively increased, the demand of people to exploit the forest by cutting down the trees for their dwelling places and agriculture has also risen up at the same time. Presently, 70 percent of the forests in the world land region have been diminished for human benefits which bring about the adverse impacts to the environment including habitat loss, climate change and wildlife extinction (“Deforestation”, 2013). The objective of this essay is to compare deforestation in Indonesia and Brazil. It looks at the amount and rate of...
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Today, the total percentage of forest cover of the earth is approximately thirty percent (“Deforestation”). That is about nine percent of the world’s total surface. The largest rainforest is the Amazon River Basin, located in South America. The Amazon is home to many species of animals, insects, plants and trees. Many of the trees and plants in the Amazon produce about twenty percent of the oxygen on earth, and absorb carbon. However, the Amazon is decreasing in size every day due to the ongoing deforestation of the land. Deforestation is when the forest of the land are cleared or destroyed, in order to be used for other actions (“Deforestation”). The Amazon is twenty percent less than it...