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Deforestation SOS

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This project examines the causes, effects and surrounding issues of deforestation around the world.
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Marco Masoni, March 25, 2012

UCLA professor/author, Susanna Hecht, co-authored a piece in National Geographic with Charles Mann, author of 1491 (U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Keck award for the best book of the year) about how former slaves, or maroons, mixed with Indians to shape the Amazon and have become central to its future.

An interesting excerpt that shows how this occurred:

Living along the rivers like the region’s indigenous peoples, the masterless slaves survived the same way their Indian neighbors did: The river supplied fish and shrimp, small-scale gardens yielded manioc, trees provided everything else. Two centuries of constant planting, tending, and harvesting structured the forest. Mixing together native and African techniques, they created landscapes lush enough to be mistaken for untouched wilderness.”

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Mercedes Domingues, March 16, 2012

The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico drops 28 percent - cause linked to deforestation and drought.

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  • Casey Beckett Casey Beckett April 30, 2012
    That's an interesting fact I didn't know that deforestation had such an impact on butterflies.
  • Sophie FSeattleUSA Sophie FSeattleUSA April 30, 2012
    If it has an effect on butterflies, then it must have some effect on other animals as well. Butterflies are a big part of the ecosystem, and deforestation could unbalance that. What can we do to help this?
  • Cayla C Seattle USA Cayla C Seattle USA May 1, 2012
    That's worrisome that our common butterfly's are slowly dwindling down on its population. Just think the other organisms are being effected by this.

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Ana- Maria S- Romania, March 5, 2012

More than 80% of the Earth`s forests have been destroyed -by the man. However,at least, we are beginning to understand that the key role which forests play in keeping us alive. To protecting our forests is important for many of reasons. Deforestation increases in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Unfortunately, carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gases that absorb the heat from the sun. So on, more carbon dioxide means that more than heat is absorbed and reflected on the Earth`s surface, leading to global warming. At least we are now realising how many important it is to protect and save our forests. I just hope it`s not too late.

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Ignat E-Romania, Feb. 29, 2012

I think deforestation is very dangerous for our enviroment. It would be a good idea to plant more trees,to help solve the problem of deforestation. If we continue with this activity, we will contribuate to the landslides production. It is not faire that we suffer from the negligence of some people who destroy the forest and change the amount of oxygen.

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Jason Hodin, Feb. 24, 2012

I use The Rainforest Site as my browser’s “home page,” so I can remember to click every day to preserve a few square meters of rainforest habitat.

It costs me nothing but it adds up- last year clicks from people like me protected a total of almost 42 square kilometers of rainforest.

Somewhere in the tropics, there is a beetle or bird that still has a tree as a result…


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  • Dubravka Cokrlic Dubravka Cokrlic Feb. 26, 2012
    That's definitely a good idea! I used to visit the site with my pupils more than 5 years ago and we were quite happy about it because we felt we were doing something useful, but then we joined different projects, got different obligations and I must admit that I neglected it and simply forgot about it.
    Now I will recommend it to my pupils again!
    It takes only five seconds to make a free click and in that way you can not only protect wildlife habitat, but also - fight famine (the Hunger Site has established itself as a leader in online activism), fund healthcare for children (over 200,000 children die every week from preventable causes!), promote literacy among children from low-income families, fund mammograms for women in need, provide food and shelter for animals… It sounds great, doesn't it? I hope many people from our group will join us!
  • Camila P- USA Camila P- USA Nov. 12, 2012
    That is a great thought and easy for others to commit to, and it also keeps this issue in our minds at all times. Though we can't individually do a lot to stop deforestation, we can act on our own to reduce deforestation. We could use the Rainforest Site, reduce our paper usage, plant more trees, or just become more aware on this issue in general.

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Filip M-Croatia, Feb. 23, 2012

This of course is the Amazon.
Do we really have to destroy this, it is just not worth it.
It is not called The Lungs of the World for no particular reason, it gives us life, and with no forests the mankind shall suffer dire consequences.

Filip M-Croatia
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  • Dubravka Cokrlic Dubravka Cokrlic Feb. 24, 2012
    I think that the Amazon River is so beautiful that we all carry it in our hearts all the time, and no matter where we live, but that at the same time – we do not care as much as we should about it.
    I wonder what you think about this video and would really appreciate your comments.
    Damming the Amazon River on 60 Minutes (2011)
  • Josip G-Croatia Josip G-Croatia Feb. 26, 2012
    I've watched the video and it's a catastrophy.Damming of the Amazon River i mean what's wrong with people? To destroy such a beautiful place… They want to ruin the life of the civilization that's been there thousands of years. It's just wrong.

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Tom Gary, Feb. 15, 2012

Corporations Agree to Deforestation Disclosure!

More U.S. companies agreed to disclose what effects their products had on forests as consumer awareness of deforestation grows. Increasingly, consumers want to know that the products they buy at the store are not doing harm to the planet.

U.S. companies were responding to the Forest Footprint Disclosure product survey, a survey launched in London in 2009. The FFD works with more than 350 companies to convince them to disclose what effects their supply chains have on deforestation.

This is a step in the right direction. Every product should be required to identify the impact it has on forests right on their product label.


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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Feb. 15, 2012
    this is good news. I would go further and say that we should have a goal of putting a footprint on every label that consumers see. Companies will fight this saying that they can't afford to make those calculations for all of their products; I would say we can't afford not to take steps like these. Of course, the real reason companies wouldn't want to do this is that they are afraid that people will stop buying their carbon-heavy products.
  • Pam Miller Pam Miller Feb. 16, 2012
    Labels on products is a great idea. Nutrient info & ingredient labeling on foods has changed the way people shop for food in the US. Carbon footprint labeling could have a significant effect on choices people make.

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Elsa Maestra, Feb. 8, 2012

Infographics can really help clarify and explain complex issues like “the consequences of deforestation in the Americas.” Creating an infographic similar to this might be a great student activity.

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Raven Amaya, Feb. 8, 2012

Just don’t cut the rainforest :(

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Reese Turlington, Feb. 7, 2012

Amazon rainforest mapped in unprecedented detail

Scientists record Amazon’s structure and biodiversity by bouncing laser beams off forest 400,000 times per second. Huddled in a twin-engine Dornier 228 aeroplane called the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, the scientists are capturing multicoloured images of the Peruvian rainforest canopy that verge on the psychedelic.


As well as measuring how the forest ecosystem is responding to the 2010 Amazon drought – the worst ever recorded – the technology accurately monitors deforestation and degradation, and has revealed unexpectedly high levels of biodiversity in high forest on the Andean rim of the Amazon basin.

The data could prove critical to the United Nation’s Redd (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) initiative, which will be the biggest future source of funding to protect the planet’s tropical forest.

Reese Turlington

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