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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Kathryn Criaco, Nov. 26, 2011

Deforestation is a growing problem with many consequences. Personally I did not know a lot about deforestation, so I went online to Youtube.com to look up videos explaining it. The following link leads you to a video, which explains the basic facts and consequences of deforestation.
Today, the majority of deforestation occurs in the tropics. In Latin America and Asia two percent of the tropical forests are removed a year and in Africa .8 percent of the forests are removed a year. Forests provide useful wood products and other non-wood products, such as bark, dyes, fibers, gums, incense, latexes, oils, resins, shellac, tanning compounds, waxes, fruits, nuts, berries, and other foods. Some of the reasons deforestation occurs are population pressures, profits, and internal social and political forces. Some consequences of deforestation include changes in climate, more floods, and the destruction of many types of undiscovered plants. There are more floods because forests protect the top soil and house important nutrients. After deforestation, summer stream’s flows increase due to the lack of transpiring water that the forest used to do. The destruction of the plants is a big consequence because many of the medicines developed come from plants. The destruction of the plants could be destroying several medicines that could have saved many lives. The following link explains and shows the trends of deforestation, how to fix deforestation, where it is happening, and much more.

http://youtu.be/Mj6wv0u006A; http://www.globalchange.umich.edu/globalchange2/current/lectures/deforest/deforest.html
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