Deforestation and its Devastating Impacts on Climate Change

by kcooke01 on October 4, 2016 - 2:21pm

        Deforestation is a continually growing problem across the world. The clearing of trees and declining plant biodiversity comes with several different effects on the world’s environment, namely on climate change. In an article published in the Calgary Herald, it is mentioned that although there has been a drop in deforestation in some high-risk areas, it is still a persisting problem.  Using the information provided by a study performed at the Imperial College of London, the article is meant to emphasise the importance of environmental awareness and stresses the issue of how deforestation is a leading factor in climate change. The Amazon, the Congo Basin and several regions in Southeast Asia are areas which all experience significant amounts of forest habitat loss annually. This is due to a lack of effective government regulations and is influenced by the growing consumer demand and industries in each region. Increasing amounts of deforestation are leading to immense habitat loss and species endangerment/extinction. Deforestation is also contributing to climate change due to there being fewer trees to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen as well as carbon emissions from decomposing trees entering the atmosphere. The article suggests that there needs to be an increase in conservations efforts to help mitigate the problem. To achieve this, there needs to be cooperation between all parties involved, including consumers, corporations, and governments.

        This article does a great job at bringing to light several of the concerns which come along with deforestation, which is a topic I have studied for several different classes over my four years at university. I find that the article also offers a great starting point for a solution on how to go about mitigating the issue, although it is brief, it is a starting point. Resource management is an important component of helping to maintain sturdy environmental conditions. It is part of a government system and is the responsibility of the government to set down policies and regulations which properly help to support sustainable practices. Although it is a government regulated system, it is also important for consumers and industries to take into consideration the effects which the sourcing of resources and production of goods can have on the environment. If there is a better relationship built between all parties with the environmental and a better awareness of the consequences of their actions, there is the opportunity to come up with a proper and effective solution.

        In the regions mentioned in the article, the issue of deforestation seems to be a conflict of value. The parties involved seem to have different ideas about the goals of the management and use of the forests. In an article published in the International Business Times, it goes more in depth about one of the regions describing the conflict between wanting to protect the Borneo forest and the jobs created by its destruction. The Borneo forest in Indonesia is a large producer of palm oil, an industry which relies on the expansion of plantation land into forested areas. For this reason, I find that the recommendation from the first article to have cooperation between all parties is the best way to come to a possible solution to the large amounts of deforestation which is taking place globally.



Mitchell, B. (2015). Resource and Environmental Management in Canada: Addressing Conflict and Uncertainty (5th ed.). Ontario: Oxford University Press.

Ramkumar, A. (2016, July 29). Calgary Herald. Retrieved October 3, 2016, from

Ramsay, D. (2016, October 1). Delving into drivers of deforestation: Map shows extent of loss in Borneo since 1970s. International Business Times. Retrieved October 3, 2016, from



Here is my podcast I wrote for my News Writing course based off of the topic of deforestation. Thank you for answering my interview questions for the podcast.

American Environmental News
Standard AEN podcast opening – pre-recorded
Introduction – Welcome listeners to another episode of AEN podcast. My name’s Bob, and as always, I’ll be your host this evening. This week we have a bunch of great topics for you guys, but we’re going to be focusing on Deforestation. Our team has been working with environmental researchers across the globe, and the research is astounding. Coming up we have a couple speakers, our guest speaker for the first segment is our very own Intern, Karen!
Act 1- Deforestation
Bob- Well what a topic of discussion, hasn’t came up in a while! Karen has been in touch with international students and has interviewed Kayla from News activist.
Karen- I sure am Bob, personally I didn’t know too much about deforestation, so this was a lot fun!
Bob- I’m sure if you were walking down the street, and asked 100 people about deforestation, how many folks would REALLY know what that means? But, we contacted and interviewed Kayla Cooke for her college course and sure did know a lot about this topic, didn’t she Karen?
Karen- She sure did, taught me a thing or two! What my biggest shock was when Kayla discussed the effects of deforestation! Get this Bob; deforestation has been linked to climate change. Kayla had to say this about climate change, “Their needs to be a creation of more environmentally cautious policies and restrictions on the clear cutting of forests and this can only be done is if there is a cooperation between all parties.”
Bob- Well isn’t that the truth! The girl has such passion about the topic. It’s a shame we all can’t just get along and sing coo-by-a.
Karen-That would be the day the whole world got on the same policy for environmental issues, this is our only planet.
Bob- If you ask me, we aren’t really taking that great of care of it!
Karen- She had a lot more to say, this gets even better. Kayla talked about the causes of deforestation, “One of the leading causes of deforestation is agricultural expansion. As human populations continue to rise, there becomes a greater demand for food and a push to make more room for agricultural land. Creating space for livestock is also increasing rates of deforestation for the same reason, clear cutting forests and changing the natural landscape to creating grazing land for livestock.”
Karen- So the food we are eating is negatively effecting our planet, that’s what I took away from that Bob.
Bob- Karen, I’ve told you once and I’ll tell you again, no ones going to change my eating habits, this is America! If I want a nice juicy steak, guess what I’m going to eat for dinner?
Karen- Yes Bob….
Bob- A steak!
Karen- You are too much! Well listeners, thank you for tuning in on this segment. We are going to take a short break and up next we are going to be discussing the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Bob- Thanks again Kayla for sharing your blog with us! If you want to read more on Deforestation, make sure to check out
Standard AEN podcast closing – pre-recorded and added to all podcasts by the production team.

As someone who knows enough about deforestation to understand the issue, this was a very fun and entertaining way of explaining the overall issue! The transcript was executed very well with explaining the problems that arise as a result of deforestation and the personal problems that become the final result. For example the line about eating steak. Personally I found this line to be very funny but it's also true in the sense that many people won't change their eating habits just to help save a few trees. Guess this is the idea that human nature of wanted to be the best and ignorance play a big role when it comes to solving issues related to climate change. Overall I think you touched on the important parts of deforestation and explained them in a way that can easily be passed down to a wide audience that at least somewhat educates them on this problem.

Once again great post!



Thanks for sharing your transcript with me, I really enjoyed getting the chance to answer a few questions to help you with the creation of your podcast. I thought it was fairly easy going and did a great job at incorporating the information that you got from me in a fun and intriguing manner. I don’t really watch many podcasts, or know much about the creation process, so I don’t really have much to say other than I found the transcript to be a great read. What made you pick this topic and/or my blog post for the topic of your podcast? If you picked this topic out of a genuine interest of deforestation, I have posted a link below with some more information that I found interesting. I hope I was helpful in the creation of your blog post and that you find the information interesting. I would love to get the chance to watch your podcast if you would be willing to send me a link, if not keep up the great work and I enjoyed getting the chance to work with you!

Thank you,


Well done on the podcast transcript! It was entertaining and informative, and clearly shows your ability to synthesise information and communicate the message required. I also wrote my blog post on deforestation, but I spoke about the specific case of the Caledonian Forest in Scotland. Much of the deforestation of this forest occurred in the past, and current management focus is on adaptive co-management afforestation programs. In your opinion, would the American public be more interested and engaged with this deforestation issue as it occurs in a developed country, as opposed to examples in Southeast Asia, the Congo Basin and the Amazon?

Again, great work!


Your radio podcast was very entertaining! You spoke in a way that didn't down play how Americas really thinks about deforestation and what their knowledge base might be regarding the topic. It was nice to hear the realities about where many people stand regarding the topic. What captured my attention was your ability to succinctly summarize the effect of deforestation which is increased carbon emissions due to cultivation of peat lands and consequently the increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere has contributed to climate change. In my geography class I have learnt a lot about deforestation and the drivers behind it. I have learnt that one of the major causes of deforestation is the increased need for agricultural land due to demand for products such as palm oil. There are two ways in which deforestation occurs that contributes to climate change, slash and burn or clear cutting. Forests store carbon reserves in the earth and when this earth is disturbed it releases all of the stored carbon into the atmosphere. My proposed solution to decreases the amount of deforestation is increasing the yield of the crop so that you can grow more products on less land. As well, the roundtable on sustainable palm oil is a certification system which provides an incentive for palm oil plantations to operate sustainably and make a profit off of the improved practices.

kcooke01, great podcast! I really enjoyed the humour, makes for an amusing read. The information you provided was also very informative and accurate. The podcast is great for an audience that isn't really knowledgable on the topic of deforestation because you briefly explain it, and the way you put it makes it really easy to understand. It's also really good for raising the awareness of the situation. It's true, clearcutting for live stock and farming is a big contributor to deforestation, along with many others. Deforestation not only affects climate change, it also damages ecosystems and habitats. Even the construction of roads and highways through forests increase the risk of road kill. Deforestation has many effects on the environment, it's imperative that we understand the outcome. Great post!

Great post! I thought your analysis on the issues surrounding deforestation completely logical and insightful. As someone who knows a lot about the severity of deforestation on the globe's ecosystems, I really enjoyed reading what you had to say. I agree that there must be action further from government regulation as in many economies of under-developed countries, it just simply is not enough. Indonesia has always stuck out to me as the palm oil industry has really degraded the ecosystems and indigenous livelihoods. For the most part, globalization has allowed larger players in the market to take over land that traditionally belongs to forest peoples. So this extends the issue of deforestation to an ethical concern as well as an environmental concern. I truly believe that if there was more communication between parties and more awareness raised to the public about the truth of the forestry industry, there could be significant improvements.
Awesome post! Thanks for the insight :)