Deforestation: A Major Global Threat to Monkeys
Deforestation is eradicating the Earth's forests on a huge scale, which frequently
damages the quality and value of the land. Forests cover approximately 30 percent
of the world's land area, but swaths the extent of Panama is lost each and every
The world's rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the current
rate of deforestation.
Logging procedures that supply the world's wood and paper products cut numerous
trees every year too. Loggers, a select number of them act unlawfully; also create
roads to enter more and more remote forests, which lead to extra deforestation.
Forests are slashed as a result of growing suburban sprawl - the spread of urban
areas into rural area, farmlands and forests on outer edges of a city.
Not all deforestation is deliberate. Some of it is instigated by a mishmash of human
and natural issues such as wildfires and consequent overgrazing, which could inhibit
the growth of fresh trees.
Deforestation has a lot of undesirable results on the atmosphere. The most vivid
influence is the death of habitation for masses of species. Around seventy percent
of the Earth's land animals and plants live in forests; most are not able to stay
alive because of the deforestation that demolishes their habitats.
Deforestation also forces climate change. Forest soils are humid; nevertheless,
they rapidly dry out if they are not guarded from sun-blocking tree cover. Trees
help preserve the water cycle by reverting water vapour back into the air too. Countless
earlier forest lands could rapidly become barren deserts if there are no trees to
satisfy these tasks.
Eliminating trees denies the forest of its fair share of canopy, which obstructs
the sun's rays during the day and retains heat at night. This disturbance leads
to riskier temperature changes that could be damaging to plants and animals.
Trees play a serious role in soaking up greenhouse gases that promote global warming.
Less forests means higher quantities of greenhouse gases coming into the atmosphere,
and enhanced rate and gravity of global warming.
The fastest resolution to deforestation is to merely stop cutting down trees. Although
the speed of deforestation has reduced by a small amount lately, economical inevitabilities
make this unlikely to happen.
A much more practical solution is to cautiously handle forest assets by removing
clear-cutting to ensure that forest environments stay unharmed. The cutting that
happens must be equalised by the planting of adequate new trees to substitute the
older ones chopped in any set forest. The amount of new tree plantations is increasing
every year, although their total only equates to a small portion of the Earth's
Quick Truths about Deforestation
- Fifty percent of the world's tropical forests have been cleared out or destroyed.
A minimum of 4,500 acres of forest fall to chain saws, machetes, flames, or bulldozers
every hour. The main causes of deforestation: growth, poverty, and unequal access
to land are among the major causes of deforestation (Forestry
Department Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).
- The net loss of the world's forests is valued at 7.3 million hectares (18 million
acres) each year (Forestry Department
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).
- 1.6 billion people depend on forest goods for all or some of their income all over
Resources Institute and Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations
- Over 50% of the world's timber and 72% of paper is utilised by 22% of the world's
population - the United States, Europe, and Japan. All over the world, industrialized
countries use over twelve times more wood products per person than non-industrialized
countries. The United States has less than 5% of the world's population, still uses
more than 30% of the world's paper (Rainforestweb.org).
- Fuelwood in Sub-Saharan Africa is used at a rate of 30-200% greater than the regular
yearly tree growth. This is triggering a huge shortfall in timber reserves and homes
for species (United Nations Environment Program).
- Trees offer a vital ecosystem purpose by storing carbon, a root of climate change,
in their wood, leaves, and roots. Lately, the world's forests store 283 billion
tons, equal to the size of 40.1 billion elephants, of carbon in their biomass (Forestry Department Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations).
Quick Actions to Prevent Deforestation
- Surf the web, save the rainforest: Each time you visit and click
on The Rainforest Site, sponsors
donate money to the Nature Conservancy's "Adopt an Acre" program to buy rainforest,
guard it from expansion, and allow indigenous people to carry on using the guarded
land in a useful and viable manner. You can save up to 20 square feet of rainforest
with each click!
- Decrease the quantity of packaging you purchase: A lot of paper
and cardboard is used for needless packaging. Goods traded in big, mainly unfilled
boxes with filler placed around them are impacting the devastation of forests universally.
Search for bulk items that are usually a better choice than small packages or individual
servings, when you shop. Reuse paper or plastic shopping bags, or bring your own
canvas bags. Choose the one with less packaging, when you have a choice between
- Help companies that produce paper products conscientiously: There
are various companies that are devoted to making products with recycled and post-consumer
products minus the use of harsh chemicals. The
Natural Resources Defense Council has produced a hand book that can be folded
easily to fit in your wallet to recognise trustworthy paper product companies.
- Plant trees!: Help restore forest health by
planting native trees in your backyard or degraded areas. Various organizations
including American Forests,
Trees for the Future, Plant a Tree USA,
Billion Tree Campaign
and the Jewish National
Fund use donations to plant trees in degraded areas.
- Eat less beef : U.S. fast food restaurants and processed beef products
often use beef from cows grown up in Central and South America on land cleared of
rainforests to graze cattle. Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has
been exceptionally harsh, where many millions of hectares have been transformed
to pasture. Between 1990 and 2000 the region lost an area of forest two times the
size of Portugal. Reducing your consumption of beef will help decrease pressure
to clear more forests for cattle (Center
for International Forestry Research).
- Vote with your money - boycott destructive companies : Companies
respond to what consumers want. You can send a message that you want the forests
to be saved by
boycotting products that cause unnecessary deforestation,
buying products that protect forests, and writing to manufactures of
these products to demand that they encourage ecological forestry practices.
- Broadcast the word Learn more about forests through books, magazines,
videos, and the Internet. Tell your friends about your deforestation worries and
let them know how they can participate. Write an article or opinion piece for your
local newspaper. Write or visit your elected officials to tell them you are concerned about deforestation. Find the email address and contact information for your elected officials. You can also connect with a group that works to protect forests, or start your own local group!
Need Additional Information?
- National Geographic:
Learn about the causes and effects of deforestation, and what you can do to help.
- Rainforest Action Network (RAN):
RAN leads a number of education, grassroots organizing, and nonviolent direct action campaigns aimed at transforming U.S. reliance on oil and coal, protecting forests and indigenous rights, and stopping destructive investment practices around the world.
- Forests.org :
This internet search tool provides news, information, and analysis to help end deforestation, preserves primary and old-growth forests, conserve and sustainably manage other forests conserve water and climatic systems, and advance a new age of ecological restoration.