The Damaging Series of Events Caused by Deforestation

The Damaging Series of Events Caused by Deforestation

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The world's rainforests could disappear in just a matter of years if something is not done soon. Trees are cut down for a number of reasons, but agriculture remains the biggest driver of deforestation. Over seventy percent of earth's animals and plants live in forests, and a lot of them have gone into extinction as a result of deforestation. Deforestation has a lot of negative effects on the environment we live in. Rainforests are complex ecosystems that have an effect on almost every species on this planet. When they degrade, it sets off a damaging series of events both within the local community and around the world. To help prevent this please make sure you recycle your pallets.

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Extinction of species: Approximately 70 percent of the world's plants and animals live in rainforests, and they are losing their natural habitats to deforestation. This loss of habitat leads to species extinction. It also has negative effects on medical research and inhabitants of the area who rely on plants and animals in the forests for food and medicine.

Zebra Wildlife Water cycle: Deforestation disrupts the water cycle of the earth, because trees play an important role in the water cycle. Trees absorb rainfall and then release water vapor into the atmosphere. Trees also reduce the pollution in water by halting polluted runoff. In the deep forest like the Amazon, about 50 percent of the water in the ecosystem is held within the plants.

Increased soil erosion: Tree roots hold the ground in place. In the absence of trees, the soil washes off, which, in turn, leads to vegetation growth problems. The rain water also washes away the nutrients in the top soil. About 30 percent of the world?s arable land has been lost to deforestation in less than 60 years (1960 till date). Replanting of some crops also increases erosion, as their roots are unable to hold the ground together in one piece.

Reduced quality of life: Washing away of the soil also leads to silt entering the lakes, streams and rivers alike. This decreases the local water quality and contributes to poor health conditions for those inhabiting the area.

Land, air and water pollution: This is as a result of the extraction activities carried out on cleared lands. This includes extraction of oil and mining of natural resources.

Increased global warming: Deforestation tends to increase the effect of global warming as more carbon dioxide is released in the atmosphere due to the absence of trees.

Loss of settlements: People who dwell in the rainforest regions depend on their natural environment for food, shelter and clothing. If the trees are cut down or the environment polluted from oil extraction and mining activities, life becomes unbearable for them, and they are forced to relocate or be faced with starvation and sickness.

Deforestation drives climate change: Forest soils hold water in the ground, but without trees to shade them from sunlight, they quickly dry up. Trees also help in the continuation of the water cycle by returning water vapors back into the atmosphere. In the absence of trees, a lot forest lands would quickly become barren deserts.

All these are indications that deforestation is having grave effects on our environment.