Common Causes Of Deforestation

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There are many cause for deforestation but some of the more common reasons are making room or space for growing cities, housing, and urbanization, to harvest timber or trees to create items for sale such as paper, furniture, and homes, to create and manufacture products that are highly prized as consumer items for sale, for example oil from palm trees, and room and space for cattle ranching or for agricultural purposes. According to the World Wildlife organization more than half of the trees from the forest are illegally removed from the forest to be reproduced as fuel. There are two common methods to cut down thriving forest which is burning and clearcutting and both methods are disputed practices and can leave the land barren. Method one …show more content…
Erosion is not a good thing because it can cause the land to be barren and deforestation is helping erosion occur even faster. As claimed by the World Wildlife Organization “Without plant cover [as known as the forest], erosion can occur and sweep the land into rivers. The agricultural plants that often replace the trees cannot hold onto the soil and many of these plants, such as coffee, cotton, palm oil, soybean and wheat, can actually worsen soil erosion. And as land loses its fertile soil, agricultural producers move on, clear more forest and continue the cycle of soil loss.” Tree roots anchor to the soil. Without trees, the soil is weak and is free to wash or blow away, which can lead to vegetation growth problems. The World Wildlife Organization states that scientists estimate that one third of the world’s arable land has been lost to deforestation since the year 1960. After clear cutting a forest away, cash crops like coffee, soy and palm oil were planted and planting these types of vegetation can cause further soil erosion because the plants roots cannot hold onto the …show more content…
Though a massive replanting effort would help to mitigate the issues deforestation caused, it would not elucidate the problem at all. Reforestation will not completely fix the damage, though. Professor Daley points out that forests cannot cut off all of the carbon dioxide humans are emitting to the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels (also known as using gas) and a reduction in fossil fuel emissions. It is still necessary to avoid buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Reforestation will not help with extinction of endangered animal and plant species due to deforestation, either. Reforestation is one of the tactics to restoring forest but other tactics include things such as deviating the human culture to a plant based diet to reduce the need for land to house cattle and livestock. The most important tactic though is awareness to the fact that forest are being destroyed and dying due to the fact of the human races needs for luxury and that due to that need, it is affecting Earth, it is affecting us. Humans are slowly destroying the planet, due to the increase of greenhouse gases, and most of them are not even aware of the fact that Earth is slowly changing because they are ignorant. Spread the

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