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This project examines the causes, effects and surrounding issues of deforestation around the world.
 
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Camila P- USA, Nov. 12, 2012

Hello everyone,
Rainforests are home to 50% of all species on earth in only 2% of all earth’s land. Therefore, the earths oxygen production does depend on the rainforest plant life quite a bit because of the photosynthesis process. As you many know, photosynthesis is the process where plants use CO2 and sunlight to gain energy, and releases oxygen as a waste product into the environment. Because of increased deforestation, carbon dioxide levels are steadily increasing.
Carbon dioxide is a gas that absorbs the sun’s UV rays, and ruins the ozone layer that protects the earth from these harmful rays. Deforestation causes a weaker ozone layer, further leading to global warming. Not only does deforestation interfere with the earth’s way of removing carbon dioxide, but it also adds carbon dioxide emission because the trees are usually burned after being cut down. When deforestation is paired with other carbon emitting activities such as aviation, automobiles, telephones, or heavy use of electronics, global warming can become even worse condition than it already is.

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Natalia Garcia, Nov. 10, 2012

Hello, I am Natalia Garcia from Taiwan. I think deforestation is something very important to talk about, because if humans continue clearing large areas of land, it can lead to soil erosion and loss of animal habitats which means some animals that live in places that have deforestation may not be able to survive. In some ecosystems, it can take hundreds of years for reforestation. If deforestation continues, the world’s rain forests will be vanished within the next hundred years. So, I think deforestation is a serious problem.
Deforestation don’t only lead to soil erosion and loss of habitats, it can also affect global climates. By cutting trees down, rates of photosynthesis decrease and more carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere. Just because of that, increased concentrations of carbon dioxide can cause Earth’s average surface temperatures to increase.
Desertification can also be spread around the world if we do not stop deforestation. The number of new tree plantations is growing each year, but their total still equals a tiny fraction of the Earth’s forested land.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8nXltMZYtM&feature=fvwrel
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  • Lea C-USA Lea C-USA Nov. 12, 2012
    Hi Natalia. I am a freshman at SAA and I comppletly agree with you. Deforestation is a problem that needs to taken care of. Deforestation can make animals lose their habitats and deforestation is now becoming a worldwide habit. I fear that if we do not fix the problem, then it will keep getting worse. What more do you think?

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Brian Mao, Nov. 8, 2012

Hello, everyone. I am Brian Mao from Taiwan, and I am currently studying in DIS as a junior. I like to talk about deforestation because I have a strong feeling towards mother nature. Trees are especially important to nature because they sustain the life and the whole ecosystem. Fungi, one of the greatest source of decomposers, feed on the energy provided by trees. Mosses and lichens also live on tree to absorb some water, and they are the food source for insects. Insects are the food source for birds and other animals, and the food chain goes on. Another aspect is that the trees provide leaf, fruits and shelters to countless animals, including humans. Imagine what earth would be like without them.
Deforestation is a big problem because human beings have wiped out a lot of trees and have brought great damages to the eco-system. At the current rate of deforestation, the world’s rain forest will vanish in about a hundred years.

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  • Adam Yi Adam Yi Nov. 8, 2012
    I totally agree with you Brian! I am a student from DIS as well, my name is Adam Yi and from Taiwan as well. Trees provides lots of habitats for some particular animals as well. Squirrels and Owls depend their habitat on trees. If the trees are cut down then they will not have a place to live. It will ruin the natural habitat, as you mentioned the trees provide leaf, fruits and shelters to countless animals. Lots of animal rely on trees. Without them this world wont be able to function. The world also has it's food chain, some animals rely on the trees which provides fruits or leaves that they eat. If one of the species decrease then that means that one other species will increase causing lots of problems.
    We should stop deforestation and find out better plans to replace them. They should stop with all cause even though it is almost impossible to stop it. Instead the governments should find ways to enforce it not to get stop by big cooperation.
  • Adam Yi Adam Yi Nov. 8, 2012
    I totally agree with you Brian! I am a student from DIS as well, my name is Adam Yi and from Taiwan as well. Trees provides lots of habitats for some particular animals as well. Squirrels and Owls depend their habitat on trees. If the trees are cut down then they will not have a place to live. It will ruin the natural habitat, as you mentioned the trees provide leaf, fruits and shelters to countless animals. Lots of animal rely on trees. Without them this world wont be able to function. The world also has it's food chain, some animals rely on the trees which provides fruits or leaves that they eat. If one of the species decrease then that means that one other species will increase causing lots of problems.
    We should stop deforestation and find out better plans to replace them. They should stop with all cause even though it is almost impossible to stop it. Instead the governments should find ways to enforce it not to get stop by big cooperation.

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Rose Hattaway, Oct. 18, 2012

Hello, I am Hattaway.
I think talking about deforestation. I focus primarily on the Amazon although it is a very busy. Mainly I will say that in the lungs of the Earth, the Amazon contains a total of seven million hectares. According to Greenpeace, 5 acres are cleared per minute in the Amazon. The day should be about 7,200 acres per year would become 2.628 million hectares. Although the figures say that in one year only 1,323,924 hectares have been cleared without illegal parties. Reforestation comes to the point that the area could be harvested from the Amazon that is equal to the area of Spain.
These data are chilling because if echáramos accounts, we would see that soon the Amazon, at this rate, it would be like a desert. Not to mention that not supporting recovery actions logging, since it is too expensive.
Good morning, Hattaway

Rose Hattaway
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  • Larry Fofoca Larry Fofoca Dec. 1, 2012
    Hihihi hattaway
    i think your post its so interesting but you forgett who are the guiltys of these.I´think the governements of these countries,who could be reach if they choose a ecological way of development ,can do something for change the situation,they prefer the money that the cut of trees produced and ignored the deforestation,and the bad consecueces for the animal,plants and the people who lived there,in the middle of the forest and who doesn´t want be known and live in their ways.Also the people who cut the trees can spread nw deseases for the people who lived isolated and finished with these society.
    Also the deforestation can be exterminate new species and never be dixcovered,and have bad consecuences for the biodiversity….
    Eva,i think youmust read this because in Spain the deforestation are in your forests and in your mountains…
  • Julissa Mounds Julissa Mounds Dec. 2, 2012
    Hello Rose Hattaway, I'm Julissa Mounds. After reading your post I was left with one question in mind: What are we doing with the Earth? And Why? Every year lots of forests, woods, jungles and savannas are destroyed bacause of the masive tree cutting. All of this things are the Earth lungs and if we keep cutting trees we'll destroy our environment, and along with it our Earth. Many organizations like Greenpeace, Earth Action or Earth Friends are collaborating to stop this doing things like planting new trees, planning cut methods or planning irrigation methods. This may not be enough after all we've destroyed, but with a sand grain of everyone we can have a big dessert. We all can collaborate with this organizations to do their job, even we can join them, but the only objective is stop this providing each of us with a sand grain.
    Regards from Julissa.
  • Rose Hattaway Rose Hattaway Dec. 2, 2012
    Thanks for commenting. A reply, Julissa, I have to say: we are destroying the world. If instead of making movies about the end of the world and that sort of speculation, we did a salvation plan could save the planet Earth.
    We should think of what surrounds us. We should fight for our planet. The end of the world, if it exists, we are creating it. Deforestation not only itself but the whole: pollution, deforestation, oil draw-…
    Humans leave the world dry.
    We are killing our world.
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Jasmine J-France, Oct. 6, 2012

Good morning every one! The subject of the deforestation, is something which affects me a lot cause trees are also alive and we had to take care of this biodiversity. Let’s take an exemple , In the bresil, we cultivate of numerous bit just for fields and it’s really bad , cause trees are important We would be lacking of cO2 without them and more bit decreases more the air will be missing, and the fauna and the flora will decrease. Here in france we take really care of the bit , beacause it’s really necessary . We should make video, actions, demonstration for reduice these deforestations perms which degrade our earth.

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Stephanie A-USA, Oct. 5, 2012

Deforestation usually happens because large corporations need the trees to mass produce something. Deforestation takes away homes of many species. There are many that eventually extinct since they are not able to survive. I watched a video in AP Bio and not only do wild animals live there, but people still do as well. Examples of people still living in this kind of environment are in Brazil and New Guinea. These people could be largely affected by deforestation.The video was called Jungles: People of the Trees

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Jack T, May 1, 2012

Deforestation is an important issue as it devastates south American habitats and ensures that things cannot grow back as it rips nutrients out of the soil. I feel like many people are passionate about this subject, but don’t fully understand the serious effects of it.

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Jack T, May 1, 2012

Deforestation is ripping apart the soil of south America which not only destroys wildlife habitat but ensures nothing else can grow there. I feel like a lot of people join the protest against deforestation to jump on the bandwagon without examining the issue, but it really is an important issue.

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Bert Breton, April 13, 2012

The fight to save the Amazon just enlisted a global sports superstar, Ricardo Kaká. The current Real Madrid striker and Brazilian national starter has joined Greenpeace to support zero deforestation of the Amazon.

While soccer still has a way to go in the USA, there isn’t a kid in the world (outside the USA) who doesn’t know who Kaká is. Let’s hope Kaká’s star power makes our future generations understand that Amazon deforestation must not be tolerated.

http://www.xperedon.com/news_1166

http://youtube.com/watch?v=S1PWnluCqAs
Bert Breton
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  • Sophie V-USA Sophie V-USA Oct. 5, 2012
    This is awesome! I'm so happy to see a person with wide influence promote environmentalism! It would be neat to have an organization or coalition of people with influence form an environmentalism group or does one already exist?

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Wendy Bachman, March 26, 2012

Why are trees are turning blue in Seattle and Vancouver?

It’s a socially-driven art project started by Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos who uses a water-based pigment to turn the trees “ultramarine blue.”

The goal: To inspire awareness about global deforestation. Take a look at what the project looked like in Vancouver.

This is still local news. But look for this social art project to gain momentum at a national level. It’s beautiful and deserves our attention!!!
http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2012/03/25/why-trees-are-turning-blue-in-seattle/

http://youtube.com/watch?v=N9QoLZN4mec&feature=related
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  • Cayla C Seattle USA Cayla C Seattle USA May 1, 2012
    does it have to be blue? why cant we just add other colors to show the world that our trees brings life and excitement to our life.

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