Negative Effects Of Deforestation

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Humans are incapable of living without oxygen, so why does it seem logical to cut down our main source of life? Not only are we reducing the oxygen entering the air while cutting down trees, many other negative effects occur worldwide. Deforestation is a permanent destruction of forests to make room for other uses. With it comes many negative effects that hurt not only us but the animal population and the atmosphere. It has been estimated that about half of the world’s forests have been cleared, and about 36 football fields worth of trees are lost every minute. A couple of organizations have been for the cause of ending deforestation all together. Greenpeace, for example, is an independent campaigning organization that uses creative communication …show more content…
It’s considered to be a contributing factor to climate change. Climate change is because of a buildup of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and if we carry on cutting down the main tool we have to diminish this CO2 build up, we can expect the climate of our planet to change dramatically over the next decades. Deforestation not only lessens the amount of carbon stores, it also releases carbon dioxide into the air. “According to the 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment, deforestation releases nearly a billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere per year”.(Bradford) When the trees are cut down they release more than just carbon dioxide, they also release many other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.”Deforestation has such an effect on climate change that Indonesia and Brazil are the third and fourth largest carbon dioxide emitters on the planet.” …show more content…
Companies cut down certain kinds of trees to sell as furniture, and the land is also searched for new oil deposits. Roads are often built through untouched forests in order to cut down trees. When the trees are cut down the most valuable are selected to timber, and the rest are left to the chipper. Smaller trees are usually cut down for the use of charcoal. Not all logging that occurs is legal. Illegal timber extraction is also growing problem. “The European Union is a significant importer of timber from regions where illegal and destructive logging is rampant.” (Greenpeace) The EU has made no law to stop the illegal

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