Deforestation And Its Effects On The Environment

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Forests … are in fact the world’s air-conditioning system—the very lungs of the planet...” (Prince Charles). Deforestation occurs when forest land is destroyed, specifically by humans, to create vacant land for the use of agriculture. The two most common ways of deforestation is through burning and clear cutting. When trees are burned, they are quickly diminished from the forest. Clear cutting is when a mass amount of trees are cut down all at once. In 1973 in the U.S, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was signed to protect endangered species that are threatened. They need to meet specific criteria to be considered endangered. Deforestation effects the environment because it causes species endangerment, leading to extinction and climate change causing global warming. Deforestation effects the environment because it causes species extinction and endangerment. Ecologists are certain that a major percentage of Earth’s biodiversity is located in the rainforests. Human development is quickly changing the habitats in tropical forests for agricultural use and settlements. Plants and species are prone to being endangered. (“Endangered Species”). Due to humans’ activity of deforestation, species’ habitat are being interrupted and destroyed. Species that live in the rainforest face the heartbreaking risk of becoming endangered and later leading to extinction. Humans are destroying tropical rainforest to create land for agriculture, without comprehending that the environment is being
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