Deforestation

What are the problems with deforestation
By: Chandler Rose

This is Deforestation. People are cutting down trees which is a problem. What can we do as a solution to deforestation? Deforestation is clearing Earth's forests on a massive scale, often resulting in damage to the quality of the land. Forests still cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area, but swaths the size of Panama are lost each and every year. There are many problems with deforestation and it is hurting our environment. The world’s rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the current rate of deforestation. People are cutting down trees in rain forests, destroying animals habitats and the animals are losing their home. Deforestation has many negative effects on the environment. The most dramatic impact is a loss of habitat for millions of species. Seventy percent of Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes.

Deforestation also drives climate change. Forest soils are moist, but without protection from sun-blocking tree cover they quickly dry out. Trees also help perpetuate the water cycle by returning water vapor back into the atmosphere. Without trees to fill these roles, many former forest lands can quickly become barren deserts. The quickest solution to deforestation would be to simply stop cutting down trees. Removing trees deprives the forest of portions of its canopy, which blocks the sun’s rays during the day and holds in heat at night. This disruption leads to more extreme temperatures swings that can be harmful to plants and animals.Though deforestation rates have slowed a bit in recent years, financial realities make this unlikely to occur. So my dream is to stop cutting down trees and if we do, then we should plant more trees to replace the ones that we cut down and keep our environment safe. http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation-overview/-

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