Essay on Deforestation Is The Leading Cause Of Global Warming

1360 Words Dec 8th, 2016 6 Pages
Global warming is an issue that often doesn’t receive enough attention. Deforestation is among the leading causes of global warming. Deforestation is the clearing of trees and forest to make room commercial uses such as shopping malls, houses, and businesses. While this may not seem like an urgent issue in this country, we have to realize that the United States is one of the leading countries when it comes to deforestation only behind countries such as Brazil, Canada, and Russia. It is estimated that in 100 years, there will be no rainforests. Trees are critical to environmental health. They absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, provide shelter for wildlife and keep topsoil on the ground. Trees are often cut down to clear land for agricultural and commercial uses or to simply harvest timber. The effects of this deforestation are “far-reaching and affect more than just the forested communities that lose tree cover.” (Cairoli) Trees are also vital when it comes to the water cycle. They return water vapor back into the atmosphere. Without trees to fill these roles, many former forest lands can quickly become barren deserts. Trees also play a critical role in absorbing the greenhouse gases that fuel global warming. Fewer forests mean larger amounts of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere and increased speed and severity of global warming. About one-quarter of the Earth 's land, excluding the polar regions, is covered by forests. Every year, deforestation reduces forest…

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