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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Lauren M-USA, Oct. 7, 2013

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?

http://www.cfr.org/forests-and-land-management/deforestation-greenhouse-gas-emissions/p14919
Lauren M-USA
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  • Betsy f-usa Betsy f-usa Oct. 9, 2013
    After reading your post and the article you included, I learned that trees store a lot of carbon, and when they are cut down or killed, the carbon that they store is released back into the atmosphere. I knew that deforestation was bad for the earth, but I didn't realize that when trees are cut down it actually releases greenhouse gases into the air. I agree that it would be almost impossible to end deforestation, considering all the things we are enabled to do because of it. I think that the best thing we can do is to spread the word and let people know how harmful it really is for the environment.
  • Lauren M-USA Lauren M-USA Oct. 9, 2013
    I agree with you that the best idea at the time is just to spread the word. Hopefully, in time, people will come to rely less on trees and some of the forests will gradually begin to grow back.
  • Olivia BH-USA Olivia BH-USA Oct. 10, 2013
    I had no idea deforestation is such a prevalent cause of global greenhouse gas emissions, and I think you are definitely right when you say that this is not something people tend to think about. Your post and article actually reminded me that I had learned about trees' roles as storage for carbon dioxide when I read an article for my environmental science class due to the intense forest fires occurring earlier this year. As your article states, “The 2007 forest fires in the United States…are estimated to account for between 4 percent and 6 percent of North American greenhouse-gas emissions for the year”. As my article (linked below) states, many Western forests are encroaching on becoming carbon emitters rather than absorbers due to their large numbers of decomposing trees due to increased susceptibility to forest fires, bark beetles, and disease from rising temperatures.
    http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2010/11/11/11greenwire-interior-west-forests-on-verge-of-becoming-net-78105.html

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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Jamie S-USA, Nov. 14, 2012

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.

http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/paper/basics/
Jamie S-USA
Comments (1)
  • Cisandra Yent Cisandra Yent May 6, 2013
    More people should think this way. Recycled paper would save trees which would save the enviornment.

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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Jenny Rothberg, Oct. 17, 2011

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.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/neil-wagner/trees-cool-the-climate-is_b_971032.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHDMKm4FXsw
Jenny Rothberg
Comments (3)
  • Marco Masoni Marco Masoni Oct. 17, 2011
    I recently read an article about designing buildings to absorb CO2. Maybe the idea came from trees.
  • Steve Durgan Steve Durgan Oct. 17, 2011
    A great analogy from the comments section of the article: “trees are gigantic water pumps”…literally pumping water from the ground into the atmosphere.
  • Courtney K-USA Courtney K-USA Feb. 12, 2012
    That is really interesting…I actually never knew that! :)

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Bert Breton, March 24, 2011

Reducing deforestation in the Amazon is Brazil’s largest contribution to tackling climate change.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Snurx3xt7U&feature=related
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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Bert Breton, March 20, 2011

Avoided Deforestation Partners, a forest conservation group, has coordinated the development of an “open source” forest carbon accounting methodology that could help speed projects aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and degradation.

http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0317-adp_redd_methodology.html
Bert Breton
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  • Jenny Rothberg Jenny Rothberg March 20, 2011
    When will this open source forest carbon accounting too be launched for public access? What a great initiative!
  • Jenny Rothberg Jenny Rothberg March 20, 2011
    This is important because deforestation and forest degradation account for roughly 10 percent of global carbon emissions.
    Thanks for posting this project about our world's forests!

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Bert Breton, Jan. 26, 2011

World efforts to slow deforestation should do more to address underlying causes such as rising demand for crops or biofuels, widening from a U.N. focus on using trees to fight climate change, a study said on Monday.

http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFLDE70M0HM20110124
Bert Breton
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