Desertification And Deforestation The Amazon Rainforest is probably the most important region that is threatened by deforestation. With over four million squared kilometers it is roughly the size of the United States. The Amazon spreads across nine South American Countries and contains one-fifth of the Worlds fresh water and one-third of the known living species. The land is home to hundreds of indigenous groups and is considered by many to be “the lungs of the planet”. Most of the Amazon is still pristine, but the region is being destroyed at an alarming rate.
According to the article satellite images reflect that the Amazon rainforest is diminishing at an enormous rate. About 10,000 square miles of this beautiful forest is being lost to pastures for grazing, soybean plantations, and illegal logging. Since the year before there has been a forty percent increase in the deforestation of the Amazon forest. The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest. They expect this horrible trend to only become worse.
Forests are just a portion of what is being lost daily due to human ignorance. So much so, that we could even lose all of the rain forests in a matter of years. The world’s rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the current rate of deforestation. (National Geographic) This is an astonishing statistic, which clearly needs to be dealt with. It is almost unbelievable that huge forests could be completely gone.
This highway that was built was the turning point in history when the start of the great in... ... middle of paper ... ... carbon dioxide a greenhouse gas so if people cut down the trees of the Amazon Rainforest then terrible things will happen because of it around the world. So, in short the deforestation of the trees in the Amazon Rainforest is one of the greatest injustices in the history of mankind. By cutting down the trees of the Rainforest, we are causing, little by little, the destruction of Planet Earth and its natural resources. The animals and human tribes that reside in the trees and rivers of the Amazon are also in danger of coming to extinction. We are destroying ourselves by cutting down the trees and if it doesn’t stop scientists believe by the mid-twenty-first century rainforests might completely disappear; Earth will be an uninhabitable planet and it will be all our fault.
In addition, the deforestation of the rainforest will destroy the animals’ homes and potentially kill hundreds of them. Moreover, these trees make most of the oxygen in this world, and without them the oxygen production rate will decrease. Because of these reasons, deforestation will cause multiple problems such as: pollution and paucity of oxygen to sustain all the creatures living on this planet. Hunting in the rainforest increased in the last Century more than any time in the past. We have two kinds of hunters to consider.
They generate the bulk of rainfall worldwide and act as a thermostat for the Earth. Forests are also home to 1.6 billion of the world's poorest people who rely on them for subsistence. However, forest experts say governments continue to pursue science fiction solutions to the coming climate catastrophe, preferring bio-fuel subsidies, carbon capture schemes and next-generation power stations. Putting a price on the carbon these vital forests contain is the only way to slow their destruction. Hylton Philipson, a trustee of Rainforest Concern, explained: "In a world where we are witnessing a mounting clash between food security, energy security and environmental security - while there's money to be made from food and energy and no income to be derived from the standing forest, it's obvious that the forest will take the hit."
The rate of deforestation in Africa is a cause for extreme concern: around four million hectares of forest are destroyed each year, to the extent that 45 per cent of its original forest cover has disappeared. Commercial logging, clearance for agriculture, roads and railways, forest fires, mining and drilling, fuelwood collection and clearance for ... ... middle of paper ... ...ole of nature is a vast interrelated system which currently exists in a more or less balanced state. Tampering with such important factors as the rain forests could bring about irreversible damage to the world as we know it. A further consequence of deforestation concerns the scientific possibilities which would be lost with the demise of the tropical rain forests. It is estimated that only a small fraction of the plants and animals living in rain forests have been identified, and some scientists speculate that many of these may hold the keys to finding cures for some of the most deadly diseases known to man.
A main aspect of this issue is that it destroys habitats for important species, causing extinction and endangerment. The Golden Lion Tamarin, one of the most endangered species in the world, is in jeopardy of disappearing with the rainforest. Their habitats have been fragmented into small, unconnected areas and their food sources limited (Lang). Once the golden lion tamarins disappear, it can no longer fulfill its niche and the entire system is threatened. For thousands of years, humans have cut forests for agricultural purposes like planting crops, raising livestock and obtaining essential goods.
Deforestation is a major problem and it causes a number of disruptions. Did you know that an area of forest equal to 20 football or rugby fields is lost every minute? This just gives you an idea of how much deforestation takes place. Deforestation is known as the world’s most pressing land-use problems, so don’t you think that something should be done about this? The size of the world’s forest total is 4.7%, yet emits 25% of the world total carbon dioxide.
The Rain Forest The destruction of the rainforest is a problem that the people of the world can not continue to ignore. 14 percent of the Earth's land used to be covered by rainforests yet this number has dropped significantly to only about 6 percent (http://www.ran.org/ran/info_center/index.html). Rainforests provide the people of the world with many necessities, some of which would no longer be available if rainforests did not exist. In the last 50 years, rainforests have declined at a terrifying speed of 150 acres per minute or 75 million acres per year (http://www.ran.org/ran/info_center/index.html). People must open their eyes to the horrible tragedy that will inevitably occur if the citizens of the world do not realize the seriousness of this problem.