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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Andrea C-US, Feb. 28, 2014

I am not an expert in deforestation and from my small town we have plenty of trees, but I have noticed that to expand our town we are having to destroy forests to get soccer fields or anything else we need. When I think of deforestation I think of a funny cartoon that has a bulldozer ripping through a forest. I know there is a need for change in my hometown. In my school alone we have an award for most printer paper used. There should be no award, but the person who does use the most paper does get a tree that they can plant. While this is a comical idea of a tree for paper it is not enough; trees take many years to become actual trees. This is where we go wrong we think okay we can just plant a tree, but that will not change the fact that we just destroyed more than we planted.

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Jesse Bowers, Feb. 28, 2014

Deforestation is good and bad at the same time but i am going to discuss why I think it is bad. Deforestation destroys habitats for different wildlife in our environments. Therefore, the wildlife in our environments are lacking a safe home and eventually dying out.

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  • Leonardo Ferrari Feb. 28, 2014
    I think deforestation can be only bad because we over use it, as we do with all the sources we have. Trees are the main sources of life we should cut them off for personal and stupid purposes.

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Ana Sofía AW, Feb. 10, 2014

Because I am so fortunate to have grown up in a place that values environmental education I often forget that this opportunity is relatively rare. My name is Ana Sofia and for the past four years I have been part of a small organization dedicated to teaching kids in Borneo, Indonesia about the devastating effects of deforestation on the world’s green house gas emissions and global ecosystems. Borneo is home to an incredibly large rainforest which is home to thousands of species some of which are only found in Indonesia. Increased logging both legal and illegal as well as the rise of palm oil plantations has greatly affected the habitats of Bornean animals as well as the lives of people. The programs goal is to bring pride to Indonesian students on an elementary to high school level and encourage them to make a difference in the future of their own rainforest.

http://www.ASRIKids.tumblr.com
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  • Wiebke Rahlf Wiebke Rahlf Feb. 22, 2014
    What can the people in Borneo actually do to prevent deforestation? Apart from teaching the kids about the effects etc., what does the organization do? I didn't get that from the link. And what could I do myself?

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Earl A-USA, Oct. 17, 2013

For this discussion, I shall be tracing the effects of deforestation. First of all, deforestation will, as the term expresses, shall lead to less trees and therefore less CO2 depletion in the atmosphere.

This slight decrease in CO2 depletion leads to more greenhouse gases in the air, which could lead to warmer temperatures. Those warm temperatures can cause certain species on land, who are used to the temperature in the past, to start depleting in population. The ecosystems that have these organisms will have their food chains tweaked to the point of possible species extinction from extinction or scarcity of food source, which could lead to overpopulation of another species which competed against the previously alive species for other resources that are separate from the possibly extinct food source of the now dead species. This dominant species could completely destroy their ecosystem by consuming resources faster than they previously did so due to competition from the now dead species. This could lead to the destruction of the resource in that area and, eventually, the destruction if the whole ecosystem.

Another consequence of CO2 levels being risen is the increase in acidic rain. H2O(water) could interact with CO2(carbon dioxide) and create carbonic acid(acid rain). This acid rain could increase acidity in the soil in which it lands on. Some consequences for this can be seen in the link: (http://soilwater.com.au/bettersoils/module2/2_3.htm.) If the plants in the area where to die because of the acidity, there would be a smaller amount of CO2 consumers AND a decrease in the overall food supply of that ecosystem. Consequences of that are shown in the previous paragraph. Also, if that was the primary food source of the entire ecosystem, then the ecosystem would die in an even simpler way, by lack of food.

Lastly, a consequence of the root of all these problems, deforestation, is what it is going to be used for. If it is used for firewood, firewood converts O2 and some of its carbon atoms into CO2. If it is used for building, it will eventually catch molds that will decompose it into methane and other greenhouse gases. So, in deforestation, both its absence and use create CO2 and/or other greenhouse gases. This is not good, and I would like to say that I am an advocate for the reduction and/or the destruction of deforestation.

http://Link:http://soilwater.com.au/bettersoils/module2/2_3.htm.
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Amy M-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Hello everyone!

Recently, I stumbled upon a Greenpeace article about the effects of deforestation on the environment. Whenever I think of the term “deforestation,” I usually form images of trees being cut down. However, This article gave me an entirely new perspective on deforestation and how serious it really is. It states that when forests are destroyed and burned for human settlements, the carbon dioxide initially absorbed by the trees is released back into the atmosphere. Trees also release methane as they decay. As a result, the production of greenhouse gases from the burning of forests produce as much as “thirty percent of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere over the past 150 years.” The increase of greenhouse gases combined with a decrease in the amount of trees to absorb carbon dioxide are even more damaging to the environment.

To ensure that we do not further increase the rate of climate change, we need to plant new forests, moderate the amount of logging, and protect existing forests. We also need to make sure no new forests are cut down. Check out the article below to find out more about deforestation and practices that promote sustainable forestry!

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/science/deforestation/
Amy M-USA
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  • Sara LUSA Sara LUSA Oct. 10, 2013
    I agree. We need to make a bigger effort to use fewer trees and leave a smaller footprint on the environment. For example, what if the labels and nutritional information for bottled drinks were printed on the plastic, instead of on a paper label? Think of how much paper we would save. Simple actions like this can make a huge impact on our carbon footprint as a society.
  • Betsy f-usa Betsy f-usa Oct. 10, 2013
    It is shocking how many trees are cut down by people each year. About 18 million acres of forest are lost each year due to humans. Not only does this release greenhouse gases that cause global warming, but it endangers many animals who live in those forests. However, there are many things that we need that come from trees, so completely stopping deforestation is very unlikely. I agree that planting more trees to make up for the ones we chop down is a good idea. This article gives many interesting details about the effects of deforestation.
    http://www.livescience.com/27692-deforestation.html
  • Amy M-USA Amy M-USA Oct. 11, 2013
    Thanks for all your great ideas! I now realize that deforestation probably cannot be stopped completely. However, Elizabeth gave a great suggestion to plant a new tree to replace a tree cut down, which will reduce the environmental impact. I also like Sara's idea of printing the nutritional information of drinks on the plastic itself instead of a new piece of paper for each bottle. Doing so will definitely save a ton of paper! And Betsy's link gives a more in-depth view on the effects of deforestation. After reading her article, I learned that greenhouse gases are not the only negative consequence of deforestation. Many animal species become extinct as well when their homes are destroyed, which also hurts the fields of animal and medicinal research and the people who depend on the animals for survival.
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Maryella C.USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Deforestation is one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere - particularly carbon. When these trees are burned or decomposed carbon is released and levels quickly rise. As stated in the link below, this traps heat and raises temperatures. Not only does deforestation raise global warming levels, but it destroys the home of many animals as well. It also alters weather patterns.

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/deforestation-effects-global-scale-78864.html
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Olivia BH-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Last year in an environmental science class, I watched a video on forestry practices in Papua New Guinea (can’t link since VHS) that offers a great example of both how and why deforestation occurs and what can be done to stop it while still meeting our need for the resource.
Much of Papua New Guinea’s forests have been stripped away from the land through unsustainable forestry practices such as dragging trees out of forests whole using tractors and trucks and cutting down all the trees in one area, or clear cutting. All the potential profits that could go to the native community for their precious resource ends up going offshore to the greedy industries managing the operations. Furthermore, the loss of trees leads to enormous amounts of soil erosion that in turn causes greater harm to local communities due to the decreased biodiversity from the destruction of habitat. The dragging of trees out of the forest also led to soil compaction that created risk of flooding and less water for the people to use since the soil could no longer absorb water or replenish groundwater. These exemplify some of the most concerning effects of deforestation.
However, there is hope in sustainable forestry practices since they they allow local communities to reap the economic benefits while maintaining the environmental beauty of their forests. Rather than clear cutting and ragging trees out, the foresters selectively cut trees from various areas that can survive losing the specific tree and cut them with a portable saw mill on site before carrying them out of the forest. This ensures the forest remains healthy and supports forest conservation efforts while the community still profits, which also helps the community obtain other economic benefits from the aesthetic aspects of alternative forest products. The link below offers a video looking at some sustainable forestry practices like these that can counter deforestation while still meeting our needs and preventing its devastating effects.

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/environment/going-green-environment/conservation-in-action/sustainable-logging/
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Sam T-USA, Oct. 7, 2013

I think this article describes the tragedy of the deforestation of the amazon. The people who live and work in the forest take advantage of the loose governmental enforcement and the rate of deforestation consequently grow exponentially. The majority of land that is “owned” in the Amazon is illegally used. If the government made this a greater priority then they could make a big difference for the better

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/habitats/last-of-amazon/
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Davide A, May 24, 2013

Deforestation is a real problem, lots of trees fall down because of human actions we do. In 1990 the deforestation was big, Nowadays is decreasing but some countries keep on destroying the environment. The most deforestation is in Southern America, Eastern and Southern Africa; on the contrary in Europe and north America the problem of deforestation is less incisive . In my country (in the north of Italy) a lot of trees fall down because there are lots of ski resorts and most of people use wood for heating.

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  • Alex M-USA Alex M-USA Oct. 2, 2013
    I agree that forestation is a massive problem that today's world must face. In my country, which is the United States, we were ranked by Food and Agriculture in 2005 as the one of the nations with the highest losing rate of primary forests. The main cause of this loss of old-growth forests is the logging industry and the fact that the US is a top consumer of forest production in the world market.
  • Sam T-USA Sam T-USA Oct. 7, 2013
    I think this is a major problem, especially in the Amazon rain forests in Brazil. I think it's truly tragic that people have no idea and no care that the largest rain forest in the world is being destroyed without regard for its importance. The Amazon rain forest provides about 20% of the oxygen that exists in the atmosphere. One of the most saddening aspects of this loss of habitat and resources is the uses of the land. Instead of creating sustainable industries in place of the natural forests, the land is often used for grazing or plantations. This destroys the soil, stripping it of nutrients and leaving it unusable after a short time. This then necessitates that more land be cleared - a cyclical pattern is formed. I think if people were better informed about the importance of maintaining such an important piece of the natural world then they would act to save it.
  • Kestra R Kestra R Oct. 19, 2013
    I live in California, and often travel to the Redwood forests along the Northern border. Although the effect is not as large as it used to be, there are still major logging camps in some areas. In the 1940's, huge sections of trees were cut down and still have not grown back. I agree that deforestation prevention should be centralized around areas such as South America and Africa that have huge forests that are rapidly being shut down, but people need to also realize that they may have a larger impact on the protection of forests in their own area if they truly want to make a change.

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Zoran M, May 22, 2013

I’m Zoran, I live in a small village in the north of Italy, the deforestation in the world is a big problem, i think to solve this problem we must follow the example of Ingvar Kamprad, founder of Ikea that for every tree cut he makes plant two

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  • Sidonie O - USA Sidonie O - USA Sept. 30, 2013
    I think that is a fantastic idea! Planting tress is definitely a good way to combat deforestation, but one problem with simply planting trees are that they take a long time to grow (if they are large trees, as many of the ones what corporations cut down are!) I think that it is a good idea though because by planting twice the amount of trees that we cut down, we will always have trees. We should try to reduce the amount of trees that we cut down though.

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