What is Deforestation?

July 27, 2016


Deforestation is the large-scale removal of trees in the forests. Trees are usually removed to make way for agriculture, roads, and urban development. Deforestation can also occur due to the harvest of natural resources like timber and palm oil. Not all Deforestation is intentional as some cases can be caused by a combination of natural and human factors like wildfires.

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Deforestation has had serious environmental effects. While forests still make up 30 percent of the Earth, each year an estimated 18 million acres (or 7.3 million hectares) of forest are lost to Deforestation practices. This has caused land and soil damage while also displacing plants and animals that rely on the ecosystem created by forests. At the same time, the removal of trees means more greenhouse gasses being released into the atmosphere as trees play an important part in the Carbon Cycle as absorbers of carbon dioxide. The removal of trees can also impact livelihoods because people depend on forests for shelter, water, fuel, food security and jobs. Protecting our forests is extremely important in order to limit the impact of these effects and ensure a sustainable future.


Other Sources

Nunez, Christina. “Deforestation Facts and Information” National Geographic. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation/. Accessed September 27, 2019.

Bradford, Alina. “Deforestation: Facts, Causes & Effects.” Live Science. http://www.livescience.com/27692-deforestation.html. Accessed July 28, 2016.

National Geographic Society. “Deforestation.” National Geographic. http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation-overview/. Accessed July 28, 2016.