Contemporary Issues Within Deforestation

First piece of research: Number One:  environment.nationalgeographic.com/global-warming/deforestation-overview/

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I think this is my best piece of information as it goes into depth about deforestation more and helps you understand it. It also helps me to speed my point across as it explains my thoughts within deforestation.

Second piece of research: Number Two: wwwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/deforestation/

I chose this research as my second best piece as it goes into depth about how deforestation effects wildlife and how it effects the human race as well.  “An estimated 13 million hectares of forests were lost each year between 2000 and 2010 due to deforestation.* In tropical rainforests particularly, deforestation continues to be an urgent environmental issue that jeopardizes people’s livelihoods, threatens species, and intensifies global warming. Forests make a vital contribution to humanity, but their full potential will only be realized if we halt deforestation and forest degradation.”

“Forests impact our daily lives in more ways than we can imagine. Just think of how forests have affected your life today: Have you had your breakfast? Read a newspaper? Switched on a light? Travelled to work in a bus or car? Made a shopping list? Got a parking ticket? Blown your nose into a tissue? All these activities directly or indirectly involve forests. Some are easy to figure out – fruits, paper and wood come from trees. Others are less obvious – by-products that go into everyday items like medicines, cosmetics and detergents.

From the air we breathe to the wood we love, human beings are heavily dependent on forests and the products and services they provide. Forests provide habitats to diverse animal species; they form the source of livelihood for many different human settlements; they offer watershed protection, timber and non-timber products, and various recreational options; they prevent soil erosion, help in maintaining the water cycle, and check global warming by using carbon dioxide in photosynthesis.

Yet we are losing forests. Over the past 50 years, about half the world’s original forest cover has been lost, mainly because of unsystematic use of its resources. When we take away the forest, it is not just the trees that go. The entire ecosystem begins to fall apart, with dire consequences for all of us.”

Third piece: Number Three: http://www.worldwildlife.org/threats/deforestation

I chose this as my third best piece of research as it is similar to the second however it talks more about how it effects wildlife and their wellbeing such as surviving on not enough oxygen due to the amount of carbon dioxide when cutting down trees and burning them.

“Forests cover 31% of the land area on our planet. They produce vital oxygen and provide homes for people and wildlife. Many of the world’s most threatened and endangered animals live in forests, and 1.6 billion people rely on benefits forests offer, including food, fresh water, clothing, traditional medicine and shelter.

But forests around the world are under threat from deforestation, jeopardizing these benefits. Deforestation comes in many forms, including fires, clear-cutting for agriculture, ranching and development, unsustainable logging for timber, and degradation due to climate change. This impacts people’s livelihoods and threatens a wide range of plant and animal species. Some 46-58 thousand square miles of forest are lost each year—equivalent to 48 football fields every minute.

Forests play a critical role in mitigating climate change because they act as a carbon sink—soaking up carbon dioxide that would otherwise be free in the atmosphere and contribute to ongoing changes in climate patterns. Deforestation undermines this important carbon sink function. It is estimated that 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation.

Deforestation is a particular concern in tropical rainforests because these forests are home to much of the world’s biodiversity. For example, in the Amazon around 17% of the forest has been lost in the last 50 years, mostly due to forest conversion for cattle ranching. Deforestation in this region is particularly rampant near more populated areas, roads and rivers, but even remote areas have been encroached upon when valuable mahogany, gold and oil are discovered.

WWF has been working to protect forests for more than 50 years. With a focus on protected areas management and sustainable forestry, WWF works with governments, companies, communities and other stakeholders to promote certification for responsible forest management practices, combat illegal logging, reform trade policies and protect forested areas.”

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One thought on “Contemporary Issues Within Deforestation

  1. Well done Melissa an important topic and a good range of sources. You have made some good observations about what each source can tell you but should add some ideas about any short comings each source might have …

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