Deforestation

Deforestation

The elimination of tropical forests globally has been an obdurate issue for many years. The concept of deforestation implicates the cutting down, burning, and removal of forests. Alterations from forestlands to farms, ranches urban, or suburb use are all examples of deforestation. Deforestation occurs because trees are used or sold as timber, while derivative charcoal is used or sold for fuel. While vacant land is used for cultivating livestock, plantations, and building estates, forests still cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area. 30,000 sq mile swaths are lost each and every year. At the current rate scientists say the world’s rain forests could entirely ...

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therefore becoming extinct. According to NASA Earth Observatory,

“Half of all 5 to 80 million species live in the rainforests. Rainforests only make up seven percent of Earth’s total land area, making these habitats dense with life. Scientists have only named 1.5 million species in detail but yet about 137 species become extinct daily” (Tropical Deforestation n.p).

Many of these indigenous species are exclusive within the forest and can only be found in small regions. Their specialization makes them defenseless to extinction. In addition to the species lost and the area that has been wholly deforested, the extinction of one species will affect many more later after. With such astonishing information it is a question as to why such a significant and amazing thing is being ruined. Unfortunately, money is the essential motivator, especially in poor areas. Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, department head of Earth and Atmospheric Science at the University of Alberta concluded a ...

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