The Harmful Effects of Deforestation Essay

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Deforestation has caused many huge impacts on the environment and we should cease the logging and burning being done to it. Forests account for most of our global changes that have been happening recently, since they act as the lungs of the earth. The great loss of them has caused there to be a steadily growing amount of carbon dioxide as well as other greenhouse gases. “Deforestation has such a massive effect on climate change that Indonesia and Brazil are now the third and fourth largest emitters of carbon dioxide on the planet.” When rainforests are logged or burnt, large amounts of carbon dioxide are spread into the atmosphere, adding to global warming. Most people don’t even know that rainforests are being harvested as quickly as…show more content…
“Brazil and Indonesia, which contain the world’s two largest surviving regions of rainforest, are being stripped at an alarming rate by logging, fires, and land-clearing for agriculture and cattle-grazing.” Logging the rainforests for a cheaper non-domestic source of beef for food chains such as McDonalds is not fair for the wildlife that now has to relocate to somewhere else in the rainforest, and some of the older or weaker animals burn in the fires when they burn some parts of the rainforest. Along with the loss of rainforests comes climate changes for those regions as well as a global difference in air temperature, ocean streams, air currents and the water table, which is either triggered to overflow or dry out due to how the rainforest used to support the water table. Soil that once held roots can now erode away, since the ground becomes less stabile, and on hills can become mudslides. The soil also loses some of its nutrients with the loss of trees and indigenous plants. The symbiotic relationship between the plants, animals and soil quality are directly related and with the logging, burning and harvesting of wood the native species have to relocate to other parts, leaving the otherwise rich soil to

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