Negative Consequences Of Deforestation

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Deforestation: To Be Discontinued…
Robert Green Ingersoll once said, “In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences”. This quote initially states that with nature, every action has a reaction. Every action that mankind makes of nature, has a reaction. In the world in today, mankind has made various actions against mother nature, which has supplied and provided for man for millenniums on end. One of these actions is deforestation. Deforestation is the process in which trees in forests are cut down and cleared land for industrial and urbanization purposes. This process comes at a pricey cost in which it creates more harm than good. The United States of America should enforce a stricter law that restricts deforestation
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Deforestation seems to have benefited humans in a very slim way in that they have more usable space for growth, more usable material, more job opportunities, room for civilization and urbanization, and so on. In an article by David Rothbard and Craig Rucker, Claims That Rain Forests Are Being Destroyed Are Exaggerated, they state the various exaggerations of deforestation from thorough research. The author(s) goes as far as stating that, “...countries have a right to benefit from the natural resources rain forests provide” (Rothbard and Rucker). This means if the trees in the forests are a beneficial resource, why can’t it be used? It is understood that it may be beneficial but it is hurting the environment more than it is helping anything. Another statement the author(s) mention is that, “Tropical rainforests are a valuable ecological entity”, and that with a potential compromise to take advantage of land can be used to meet the needs of their people. It would “likely prove what 's best for both man and nature.” (Rothbard and Rucker) This is a true and very interesting point of view to think that if things are supplied on a need to be basis, things would be more regulated. This is something that the “exaggerated” environmentalists haven’t considered, but it is only in the good interest of the environment and the sake of …show more content…
The United States currently has one law enforcing deforestation or illegal logging. This one law has benefited in some ways to stop illegal logging but not as a whole. Most occurrences of deforestation in the United States are illegal even with the few laws in place. The act with regards to deforestation includes U.S. Lacey Act. This act bans illegal wildlife trafficking. In an informative article by Patricia Elias, Logging and the Law: How the U.S. Lacey Act Helps Reduce Illegal Logging in the Tropics, she discusses the Lacey Act. This act, if implemented correctly, “reduces illegal logging and its costly impacts, helps ensure that businesses know where their wood is coming from, protect the legal forestry industry in the United States, provide economic development opportunities, and help promote sustainable management of tropical forests” (Elias). Although it may seem as though this act is more than enough, there are numerous cases where illegal logging is still taking place in the U.S. There needs to be a stronger law put in place, a stronger form of the Lacey Act to stop illegal deforestation/illegal logging. Deforestation and illegal logging serve severe effects to the environment, animals, and society. Something needs to be done fast.
Deforestation has many more cons than pros. Without deforestation, it would immensely reduce the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere which could help reduce and lessen the effects

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