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This project examines the causes, effects and surrounding issues of deforestation around the world.
 
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Kelsey B-USA, Nov. 15, 2012

Deforestation is a serious problem that needs to be stopped. It is something that I hate and want to stop. This is because many of the places that I love to visit are forests or a place with many trees. Almost half of the world’s original forests have been cut down, and most of it has been cut down recently. And sadly more than half of the world’s plant and animal species live in these forests that are being cut down. This needs to stop and we can all help to find a way.

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Shirley H-USA, Nov. 15, 2012

Deforestation is a major problem in our world. This is when forests are cleared and the trees are being used to build homes, make furniture, and paper. when the trees are cut down in a really fast rate we don’t plant enough trees to make up for it. Another problem with losing the forest is we also lose a major carbon sink. With fewer carbon sinks we have more carbon going into the atmosphere. this causes a change in climate. A way we can prevent deforestation is to recycle paper or use less paper. Another way we can help is plant more trees and try to build another carbon sink.

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Marisa CUSA, Nov. 15, 2012

Deforestation is a major problem. It is when people cut down trees so they can use the land for farming, homes, and other things. Over time as people cut down more trees there are fewer and fewer forests. This causes a big problem. One of the big problems about deforestation is that it changes the climate. In the process of photosynthesis plants change carbon dioxide into oxygen. This is very important to all living things. When you reduce the number of carbon dioxide absorbing trees then there is more carbon dioxide in the air. This causes a change in climate. Over the past 150 years thirty percent of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere has been because of deforestation. We should all try and help prevent deforestation. One way we can do that is by replanting trees, but that is not the only thing you can do. Another cause of deforestation is the making of products like paper. You can help prevent deforestation by recycling and using less paper.

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/science/deforestation/
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Maddy D-USA, Nov. 15, 2012

I agree with Lizzie in the fact that deforestation is a major problem, however, I think that the rate of deforestation, if not now, will start to decrease because although paper is still in high demand, many people choose to use email in opposition to pen and paper, and many other daily tasks on a computer rather than paper. For example, at the school I attend, everyone uses a laptop for documents, note taking, and other school activities. It is a required piece of equipment. Nevertheless, there are countless trees felled a year, which is a tragedy. Those trees are the homes to animals (many near extinction), birds, countless other wildlife and provide the earth with more resources than we know.

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  • Mary Angela R Mary Angela R Nov. 15, 2012
    According to this site alone over 80% of the amazons deforistation can be contributed to cattle. The forest is knocked down to make room for pastures, but the cattle releases major amaounts of CO2 thus hurting the enviroment even more.http://planetsave.com/2009/01/29/80-percent-of-amazon-deforestation-stems-from-cattle-ranching-2/
  • Maddy D-USA Maddy D-USA Nov. 15, 2012
    Hi, Mary Angela, I would have like to add that although urbanization/creation of cattle ground is a factor as well, but another factor that leads to deforestation is to create products that we use that are in high demands. Yes those are also factors, but they are not the only factors, and since the other factors are decreasing I believe that the rate of deforestation will eventually decline. I didn't say that the main cause of deforestation was to create paper.
  • Mary Angela R Mary Angela R Nov. 15, 2012
    Of course not,I was simply stating that the need for ceritan things and want for others are not decreasing. Many people provide for their familys through the cutting down of the rainforest please follow this link.
    http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation-overview/
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Lizzie H-USA, Nov. 14, 2012

Deforestation is a serious problem. At the rate we are going, all the rain forests could be gone within one hundred years. Deforestation is continued mostly for agricultural purposes but the trees cut down are also used for wood and paper products. In some places trees are cut down to make room for more houses or new developments or are killed as the result of a natural disaster like wildfires. Deforestation mainly affects the Earth’s enviroment because of the loss of habitats for many species. About seventy percent of land animals and plants live in forests, and if deforestation continues, they will continue to be killed. Removing the trees will also affect the undergrowth of the forests; they will suddenly have much more light and more extreme temperatures that could be harmful to them.
Deforestation can be easily helped. We can try to use less paper by recycling or being more consious about buying recycled products. It can also be helped by planting a new trees to replace the ones that were cut down.

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation-overview/
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Lucy SUnitedStatesofAmerica, Nov. 14, 2012

It is a known fact that deforestation harms our environment. The reason why much of deforestation is still occurring even with these harmful outcomes is because it creates jobs. many forests have been leveled in order to create farms. What scientists are now discovering is that this could have a long term affect on the climate of the area. The amount of plants affects the amount of pure oxygen in said environment which contributes to global warming. Also, deforestation can lead to floods, erosion, and the area can be more susceptible to fire.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070511100918.htm
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  • Elena S-usa Elena S-usa Nov. 15, 2012
    Hi Lucy. I agree with you that we need to make a change and find a way to end the destruction of our forests. Besides losing trees deforestation is harmful to the species that make their homes in forests. However, it's a tough call when it comes to the issue of where we should make our homes, and how we can give everyone jobs. There are several laws on logging companies replanting trees after cutting them down. I believe this is a fantastic idea because it provides jobs as well as helps save our environment. However, it becomes an issue when we don't work to enforce it, and lumber companies simply ignore the laws. Although it can be easier to look the other way I believe we need to pressure our government to enforce these laws. Simply having laws is not enough if they are not enforced.

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Tiffany D-USA, Nov. 14, 2012

I live in America, but deforestation is a global issue. We use up more resources than need, and those resources are often wasted in the end. We are hurting organisms because we destroy their natural habitats. We continue to use up what we have because we think there is so much. We are being ungrateful. We are not the only creatures that rely on forests. We need to remember- If we cut down more trees to help ourselves now, in the future we will be out of resources. Considering how beneficial recycling is, we should not have to continue deforestation. We have so much paper that can be recycled and reused, but instead it is not being sent to the proper facilities and is just being wasted.
Besides being used to create products, trees are cut down to create room. This problem is harder to prevent. I understand land is needed to support businesses, local agriculture, and transportational services. However, it does not excuse deforestation. If it is necessary to clear out an area, more trees should be planted and cared for in a different, designated, and safe area. Deforestation will end up hurting us humans in the end, and it is selfish. We need to think of a resolution now, before it’s too late.

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation-overview/
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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/
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  • 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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Albert Cheng, Nov. 13, 2012

Deforestation is a worldwide issue that results in about 140,000 square meters of forest being cut down every minute, which means that there are approximately 2.8 square kilometers of forest being cleared out while I’m typing this post. This is caused by loggers and farmers cutting down trees to gain farmlands and produce wood and paper products.
Deforestation has many bad influences to the environment. The most severe impact is the loss of animal habitats of millions of species. Secondly, it causes forest soils to dry out and became deserts since the canopy of the forest is destroyed. The third effect of deforestation is that it speeds up the rate of global warming. Since trees are essential for absorb greenhouse gases which caused global warming, as trees are removed, the amount of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere increases and will result in speeding up of global warming.
There are some ways to solve deforestation, such as recycling, and planting new trees after cutting out some. These are some simple and efficient resolutions, so why not do it? After all, we are all in the same boat.

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation-overview/
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Jamie S-USA, Nov. 12, 2012

Hi, my name is Jamie and I live in Texas. Deforestation is a worldwide problem that results in thousands of square miles of forest being cut down each year. This process has many negative effects on the environment.

First, cutting down trees contributes to global warming. The shade from trees helps to keep the surrounding air at a controlled temperature. Removing these trees will take away the forest’s most effective cooling mechanism, so temperatures will rise. Also, trees and other plants in forests take in carbon dioxide, one of the main greenhouse gases. If we cut down the plants in the forest, we will have nothing to absorb the extra carbon dioxide. Since the carbon dioxide will have nowhere to go, it will move into the atmosphere and damage it.

Second, deforestation strips animals and plants of their homes. Removing the trees not only gives the existing flora and fauna less space in which to live and find food, but it also exposes the exotic animal species to illegal poachers. If we continue deforestation at the current rate, we might find many animal species going extinct as a result of poaching.

There are several ways to help put an end to deforestation. An example is to only buy products (e.g. paper) that come from recycled or sustainable materials. This would keep thousands of trees from being unnecessarily cut down. Another idea is to form tree plantations. Tree plantations are responsible for planting a new tree for every tree that is cut down as a result of deforestation. If we increase the number of tree plantations in the world, it might be possible to balance the negative effects of deforestation. These are just a couple of the ways we can protect our forests; what others can you think of?

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation-overview/
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