Essay on Deforestation And Its Effects On The Earth

741 Words Dec 14th, 2016 3 Pages
“Run forest, run” Forests are being destroyed at an amazing rate of 32 million acres per year, or nearly six square miles each hour (Struck, 2011, pg. 29). Deforestation is the clearing of a forest, or section of a forest for agricultural or commercial use. This clearing can be done by cutting the trees, burning the forest, or even in natural ways such as insect swarms or natural disaster (Struck, 2011, pg. 29). The clearing of Earth’s forests have started to impact the planet in ways many never thought possible. From the release of stored carbon into the atmosphere, to changing the water cycle of the entire planet, deforestation is wreaking unimaginable havoc. Deforestation causes a domino effect of destruction. The loss of the trees is inadvertently leading to depopulation of the entire planet. Not just plants are losing their lives, but many animals are as well. If deforestation continues at this alarming rate, what will happen to our planet? Deforestation has adverse effects not only on the environment, but to all those who inhabit the earth. What are some of the effects deforestation already has had on our planet? One of the many devastating effects deforestation has on our planet is by removing forests, there is an increase in carbon in the atmosphere. Carbon is a greenhouse gas meaning that rather than allowing for heat trapped on Earth to be released into space, carbon and other greenhouse gases trap the heat here on Earth. Deforestation is the second largest…

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