The Consequences Of Deforestation

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When you hear the word permanent, what do you think about? How about if you hear the two

words permanent destruction, do you hear a ringing in your ears just from those two words? Do

you ask yourself, what are the consequences from permanent destruction? Well, when I think of

permanent destruction of forests, I come into realization all that’s at stake. According to Alina

Bradford, a Live Science contributor, states “An estimated 18 million acres (7.3 million hectares)

of forest, which is roughly the size of the country of Panama, are lost each year,” (Bradford). We

must stop deforestation because it affects climate, species, and soil.

Workers must stop deforestation because it causes the climate in the area to change.

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The Climate & Weather Webpage states, “It is estimated

that more than 1.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide are releases to the atmosphere due to

deforestation, mainly the cutting and burning of forests, every year,” (Characteristics of World

Weather and Climate ). Not only are we removing the only thing that absorbs CO2, but we are

also piling even more into our air. If we continue the permanent damage of deforestation, we

must expect the CO2 build up and imbalance to affect our environment that we live in.

The major cutting down of trees must come to a stop because of the loss of many species.

The growing population increases our wants for resources, but people do not realize the

magnitude of extinction we are causing because of our wants. With seventy percent of all Earths

plants and animals living in our Earths forests, many cannot survive with deforestation

destroying their homes. Many species living in the forest today are becoming extinct because of

how much of their homes are being destroyed. Every minute an estimate of 36 football fields are

being destroyed. According to ‘Degradation of the land,’ “As many as 50 million species live
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Within the United

States 93% of the entire land is suffering from slight to moderate erosion.

To solve problems with deforestation we should have more natural parks to reserve

rainforests. According to ‘The Rainforest’ “Fewer than 5% of the world’s tropical forests are

included in parks or other kinds of protected areas,” (The Rainforest 105). As important as

reserves are, even being a managed area isn’t safe if there are human neighbors with children yet

not having resources like food. Many forests are being cleared today for consumption or for cash

to buy other goods. Farmers have ways to make their farms more environmentally sound.

Cultivate small, rather than large, preserve as much forest as possible around the fields. By

establishing more tree farms, or plantations to lessen the toll of logging primary rainforests we

can save many.

While talking about deforestation we discussed climate change, species, and soil erosion.

These effects are rapidly depleting our Earths resources at a speed we cannot sustain.

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