Deforestation is one of the largest environmental issues facing humanity in the twenty-first century. This type of environmental degradation involves cutting down trees in natural areas, mainly forests, in order to make room for human developments such as agriculture or infrastructure. Deforestation has been occurring for centuries all around the world, but as technology becomes more efficient and the human population continues to grow, the effects of deforestation now are greater than before. More land is being removed to provide for human needs and desires, which has, in turn, negatively affected the places being degraded as well as Earth’s environment as a whole.
Biogeochemical Cycles Biogeochemical cycles are “processes by which matter cycles from the living world to the nonliving physical environment and back again,” which include the carbon, water, nitrogen, sulfur, and phosphorus cycles (Raven et al. 59). Trees and other plants serve as important factors that remove carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from the environment. As trees are being increasingly logged, the amount of carbon dioxide that can be removed from the atmosphere is declining. Thus, deforestation has altered the balance of the carbon cycle, as more carbon dioxide is being released into the atmosphere at a higher rate than it can be withdrawn from the atmosphere. Due to this higher concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide from deforestation, global climate changes such as
Forests play a critical role in mitigating climate change because they act as a carbon sink soaking up carbon dioxide that would otherwise be free in the atmosphere and contribute to ongoing changes in climate patterns. Deforestation undermines this important carbon sink function. It is estimated that 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions are the
Deforestation is the destruction of a wide area of forest land into a cleared land that is used for a variety of reasons. The impact on the environment from cutting down, burning and damaging forests is very detrimental and there are severe consequences for the environment and future generations because of deforestation. According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization approximately 7.3 million hectares of forests are being destroyed per year in the world (Bradford, 2015). In this essay, I will explore the impact that deforestation on the environment and I will also look at the actions that are being taken to prevent deforestation. There are various reasons why deforestation is occurring despite its negative effects on the environment. Deforestation can cause very serious environmental problems such as climate change, flooding, loss of habitats as well as others.
From 1990 to 2005, deforestation, or the removal of trees, was happening at an average rate of 13 million hectares (32.11 million acres) per year (Hope 247). In many ways, deforestation has been the reason for great economic success which turns people on to the idea even more. Deforestation is an essential element in promoting and encouraging developmental growth. Some places around the world may feel obligated to resort to deforestation due to population increases around the world. The concept of deforestation may seem to have a positive impact on society, but many people fail to consider the importance of replanting the trees that were harvested and removed. Deforestation mainly affects North and South America, but because of the Transamazon
Although there are varying definitions of deforestation, this report follows the authority of the UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) defines deforestation as “forest loss where tree cover is reduced to less than 10% of the previously forested area” (CITE)
Deforestation is the clearing or removal of a forest or area of trees in order to use the land for other activities. Deforestation is a critical as no country in the world has succeeded in tackling the issue perfectly, despite the never-ending efforts made. The long-lasting effects of this matter are indeed, enormously negative, therefore it is pivotal for humans to explore the wide variety of effects and causes of deforestation of rainforests worldwide. This essay will explore the effect of population rate, logging, and agricultural activities towards deforestation. Next, we will be examining the link between the three causes with loss of species, land quality, and indigenous people.
Nowadays deforestation is the one of the most important and controversial environmental issues in the world. Deforestation is cutting down, clearing away or burning trees or forests. Particularly tropical rainforests are the most waning 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 regions is high enough to worry about, because of large economic potential of forest areas. 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 species of animals and plants which will be
Homo sapiens has a huge impact on photosynthesis and plants. Humans are continuing to develop and it is making it more difficult to compensate for everyone’s needs. The population is exponentially increasing and they need shelter. The only way to make room for more people is to cut down forests and use the wood and lumber to create shelter. The cutting down of trees is known as deforestation. Trees are not only cut down for shelter, but for also businesses. Areas that were once
With society’s demand and need for the earth’s resources, deforestation has long been a prevalent environmental issue at hand and has picked up significant momentum more recently. Deforestation occurs around the world, however, according to GRID-Arendal, it is most prevalent in areas with tropical rainforests such as Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand, the Democratic Republic of Congo and other parts of Africa, and parts of Eastern Europe (Szalay 1). For a number of reasons, trees are being cleared at massive levels resulting in poor quality land and have created negative effects and impacts on the global environment. Since deforestation is caused by both human and natural factors such as wildfires and overgrazing, it is difficult to completely pinpoint one cause (“Deforestation” 1). However, researching and looking at which causes are most impactful can help deduce possible solutions to help prevent unnecessary and excessive tree clearing. It is important to look into solutions to help prevent deforestation because it is negatively impacting the world’s environment and making it difficult for certain animals, such as birds, and even humans to maintain their standard of living and their quality of life. And so, in an attempt to delve a bit deeper with regards to deforestation, this paper will
When people get sick they believe it’s because they didn’t took the precaution they should have taken in order for them not to get sick or anything but in reality it’s the environment that they are living in that is making them sick. At first people say it’s other people that are making them sick, yes is true but what is really causing all this sickness is deforestation. What’s causing deforestation to increase, is it the people in the world or just the world itself? Deforestation is a permanent destruction of indigenous woodlands. There is a lot happening due to deforestation. The world is falling apart, many disasters are happening because of deforestation. In the past couple of years the world has been deteriorating with earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes but what are people doing to make it stop? The world is becoming a chaotic place to live in. The world is being deforested everyday, every hour, every minute, and every second that passes by and the people that live in the world is not doing anything to make the conditions of the world get any better. The world is getting destroyed without people knowing that it is their own selves the ones that are getting destroyed as well. People need to start finding new ways to make deforestation stop. Deforestation is increasing due to human activities, death caused by diseases is increasing, the risk of extinction for animals and plants is
There are several environmental problems that the environment of today faces. These environmental problems can be similar or different from each other in countless aspects between countries. The biological, physical, and cultural perspectives on these issues, such as the causes, effects, severity, cultural views, and the efforts to fix these problems can vary from country to country. Deforestation as an environmental problem compared and contrasted between the United States and Brazil is an example of how issues can vary or be the consistent in different countries. Deforestation is the term used when a forest is cleared to use the land for a different purpose, or for its resources.
Webster dictionary defines deforestation as the action or process of clearing of forests. It occurs when humans desire to make use of land covered by forest for other purposes. This clearing of tree is concerning due to the fact that trees are being cut down at a rate much greater then they can grow back. This is called overshot, and can have a devastating impact on the environment. There is an estimated loss of 18 million acres of forest each year. That is roughly equivalent to the size of the country Panama. That is equivalent to a loss of 36 football fields of forest every minute. This leads to the destruction of the habitats of thousands of animals, and plays a huge role in climate change. Deforestation is believed to be the leading cause of climate change, contributing 1.6 billion tons of greenhouse gases, roughly 30 percent, of annual greenhouse gas emissions.
To keep that GDP growing the country has to keep addressing the ongoing environmental issues, which include water shortages, soil erosion and deforestation. The soil erosion has been caused by an excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers. Deforestation has been a detrimental issue because of the large amounts of agricultural and land clearing, and not to mention the over use of wood products for fuel purposes, without replanting new growth. Another leading cause of deforestation is forest fires caused by man, whether it’s intentional or accidental. Water shortages also hit the island extremely hard in June of 2015. Martin Melendez, an expert, in hydrology and civil engineer stated that over a 100 communities suffered from water shortages and the island was 30 days from the entire water system collapsing (“Deforestation”). The tourist areas were even suffering. A lot of these issues have been exacerbated by global warming. The island realized this and recently renewed their agreement with the Kyoto protocol to reduce carbon dioxide emissions (“Forest Carbon”).
Image a planet without trees. This is a scary planet where the temperature is very hot and the air is very difficult to breathe. This planet will have nothing to protect people from the sun, nothing to slowdown the forces of the wind, and nothing to anchor topsoil from eroding in the rain. The conditions at this imaginary planet can become our reality on earth if we do not stop deforestation. There are many negative effects of deforestation. However, for the scope of this paper, I will discuss three primary issues on how deforestation harms our environment. I will begin this paper with a brief look at some arguments that support deforestation, followed
Deforestation has been an ongoing activity in both the North and South Island in relatively equal measures. Since New Zealand was inhabited, Maori and European settlers have exploited the forests in New Zealand, reducing them from 82% to 23% of the surface area throughout the country. (Ewersa et al,, 2006). This is a great volume of vegetation which has been removed from the earth’s surface. In return, many harmful impacts are being imposed on the environment. One of these is the increased pollution in the air which is a result of less oxygen being released from trees. With deforestation occurring at such noticeable rates, it is with urgency that the issue needs to be faced in order to protect the well-being of both the environment as well as humans. Deforestation alters normal weather patterns by causing warmer and colder temperatures. These impact the environment as they affect the growth of crops that rely on constant temperatures for growth. It also increases the frequency of flooding as rainfall levels are affected by deforestation. (Chakravarty et al., 2012)