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Deforestation and the Elimination of Natural Habitats

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The more forests that are destroyed, the more harm that is brought upon every species in existence, including humanity.

The world's last rain forests are vanishing. Despite a determined international campaign waged for years by an array of conservation and government organizations, the irresistible forces of population growth and rural poverty are consuming the lush tropics as never before.

Environmentalists predict that more than half of the Earth's total species will be extinct by the middle of this century2. Global warming, holes in the ozone layer, rising water levels, erosion of top soil, degradation of air quality, and ultra violet rays from the sun are plaguing this planet like never before3. All of this is a direct result of global population increase and loss of the natural habitats and forests that prevent these catastrophes. Anti-deforestation activists struggle for the protection of animals? natural habitats and forests, arguing that their loss is irreparable and the Earth will become unable to sustain a sufficient balance. In turn, this endangers the human race.

In defense of deforestation, logging companies and other companies that profit from deforestation argue that they replant that which is lost at a rate faster than they are cutting down forests. Neither side of this issue can guarantee that their proposed plans will eliminate population growth or forest destruction, so the effects of both will inevitably build until the planet cannot sustain the amount of life it currently supports, and mass extinction of a form never before seen will ensue.

Anti-deforestation activists base their arguments on the simple statistics and facts that when one cuts down forests, irreversible damage is inflicted on t...

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... of living in most third world countries. The way humanity is approaching the problem at present makes it seem as if it does not want to exist on Earth much longer.

Notes

1. David Hosansky, ?Saving the Rain Forests? CQ Researcher June 11, 2013

2. Mary H. Cooper, ?Mass Extinction? CQ Researcher September 15, 2012

3. Mary H. Cooper, ?Global Warming? CQ Researcher November 1, 2013

4. Mary H. Cooper, ?National Forests? CQ Researcher October 16, 2012

5. Mary H. Cooper, ?Ozone Depletion? CQ Researcher April 3, 2014

6. David Hosansky, ?Saving the Rain Forests? CQ Researcher June 11, 2013

7. Mary H. Cooper, ?Mass Extinction? CQ Researcher September 15, 2011

8. Mary H. Cooper, ?Global Warming? CQ Researcher November 1, 2013

9. Mary H. Cooper, ?National Forests? CQ Researcher October 16, 2013

10. Mary H. Cooper, ?Ozone Depletion? CQ Researcher April 3, 2014
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