I previously thought that transportation would be the world’s overall top contributor to the release of carbon. However, statistics are now saying that deforestation is actually the leading cause. According to the following article, deforestation is responsible for over “30% of global greenhouse gas emissions each year”. This is because trees store large amounts of carbon dioxide inside of themselves, and when they are cut down, these gases are released into the atmosphere. It is common knowledge that deforestation is not good for the environment, but hardly any people make a stand against it. When you think about it, are there really any valid ways to stop deforestation?
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There are several causes of deforestation. One of them is the demand for trees to make paper products. However, there are greener ways to make these products than by cutting down trees.
One environmentally friendly way to make paper and paper products is to use recycled materials. Many cities have recycling programs that accept paper. If we recycle our newspaper, cardboard, and other paper, then we might be able to reduce the demand for new paper, thereby reducing deforestation. The article linked below lists some more benefits of recycling paper.
If we must cut down trees to make new products, then we should establish tree plantations. In a tree plantation, a new tree is planted for every tree that is cut down. Doing this could offset the negative effects of deforestation and could provide a sustainable source for making paper products.
Trees Cool the Climate…Isn’t That Cool?
Researchers from Carnegie’s Global Ecology department found that evaporation of water from trees not only cools things locally, but also globally, as well. The cycle produces clouds that reflect sunlight, meaning less energy (heat) makes landfall. The net result? Cooling.