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Deforestation: A Disastrous Future Ahead

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Deforestation releases more carbon into the atmosphere than all the world’s cars, trains, ships, and planes combined (Bergen)! Are humans capable of coming together in order to reverse this disastrous problem, and will businesses be willing to cut back their production rates to save our beautiful planet? I guess only time will tell. The rich nations, including the United States, are saying we can, based on the commitment to put together a 3.5 billion dollar “quick start” fund for REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), a forest carbon program. This fund is meant to pay the underdeveloped nations to stop destroying their forests. However, because of deforestation, CO2 levels are reaching great heights causing global warming, so if businesses don’t act fast and cut back on this destruction it could mean the end to man-kind. Deforestation has grown to become a devastating predicament to wildlife and the atmosphere all thanks to humans. Sadly, deforestation has demonstrated its disastrous aptitude once before to a clan of Nazca people in Peru about 1,500 years ago. Their demise was the result of a freak extreme weather event mixed with their own deforestation activities (O’Hanlon). The Nazca lived in Ica Valley (O’Hanlon). “Once a fertile riverine oasis, the valley is now almost totally barren. It was previously dominated by huarango trees, massive slow-growing relatives of the mesquite that can live for more than 1,000 years, providing food and wood for fuel and construction, trapping water from the mists that blow in from the Pacific, and stabilizing the soil. Researchers, like archaeologist Alex Chepstow-Lusty, found that as the Nazca civilization grew, the level of huarango pollen declined ... ... middle of paper ... ...e of Wales Addresses the Copenhagen Climate Conference”).” Works Cited Bergen, Molly. “Forest Carbon Plan Pays off.” Conservation International. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2010. - - -. “Forests + Climate Policy.” Conservation International. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2010. O’Hanlon, Puffin. “Deforestation Led to Ancient Peruvians’ Downfall.” Geographical Jan. 2010: 10. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 26 Apr. 2010. “The Prince of Wales Addresses the Copenhagen Climate Conf.” Rainforest SOS. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2010. “Saving Forests.” Conservation International. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2010. Theil, Stefan. “Brazil Fights Warming One Leaf at a Time.” Newsweek 11 Jan. 2010: 11. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 26 Apr. 2010. “Touch Wood; Climate Change and Forests.” The Economist (US) 19 Dec. 2009: 104. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 26 Apr. 2010.
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