Deforestation, A Major Issue On our Planet

by StrongFaith on October 28, 2016 - 3:39pm

Deforestation may not be a problem for humans in short term, in fact they destroy forests to benefit themselves. Logging provides the means and supplies to create a number of things that man uses in this world. And taking all these trees down also provides the necessary space and areas to build more and more houses, factories, stores, railroads and highways. These three websites show the dangers and repercussions of deforestation.

     The world is still covered in over thirty percent of forest but we lose more and more of it every year. The loss of forests is due to a number of different factors. Farmers take down the forests to increase there land so they will be able to produce more crop or use the land for an area for their livestock to graze in. They do this by slashing or creating a controlled fire to burn down the area of land they want to use. Other things such as logging takes a big toll one forests as well. Another factor is natural disasters such as wildfires which burn every living thing in its path such as baby trees and the animals that can't escape, the worst ever wildfire in North America was in 1825 in New Brunswick, the fire burned over 3,000,000 acres of land and killed 160 people. Another reason would be the wildlife eating the trees seeds and trees that are beginning to grow thus halting the tree growth.

​      Benefits of deforestation, leaves humans with a supply of natural paper and lumber products to be used in everyday life. Taking down all of those trees leaves them with space to increase town space and add more stores, food joints and factories thus creating more jobs but also increasing the population in that area.

However some people might see this as a plus and ultimately everyone wins at this point but they don't pay attention to the wildlife and habitat that are being pushed and destroyed by all of this. Loss of habitat drives animals closer together which means prey and predator have a limited space to hunt and scrounge for food. This means that their territories are much closer together, sometimes this leads to one species killing each other off or another hunting an animal until it is extinct. Being put closer and closer together due to deforestation leads to less and less of those animals thus sometimes leading them to extinction. Climate change is another repercussion of deforestation, taking away canopy leaves the previously moist dirt to dry up and not yield plant life anymore. Also less trees means more natural green gases in the atmosphere, this leads to what people call "global warming".


Fixing deforestation is as easy as stopping the cutting of masses of trees down but since we need the materials from paper so much this isn't as easy as it sounds. According to the UN Climate Summit they will cease deforestation by the year of 2030, this contract however is not legally binding so they could back out of it at anytime. http://www.redd-monitor.org/2014/09/26/the-new-york-declaration-on-fores...

 

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/def...

 

http://www.worldwildlife.org/threats/deforestation

Comments

Firstly, good job identifying the possible repercussions of deforestation, you have highlighted many areas of life that can be affected. I choose your post because I have learnt a lot about this subject and believe that I could offer you some more helpful comments that may allow you to take your analysis one step further. You have made references towards loss of animals diversity due to deforestation which is correct but there are many processes that can be affected by this change. For example, ecological processes such as the rate of precipitation in a region changes due to loss of forests. Trees roots and vegetation in forests hold moister in the soil which allows for more vegetation to grow however slash and burn completely changes this process because precipitation hits the open surface of the earth and causes run-off which creates erosion of the soil. Soil nutrients decline due to erosion which means that less vegetation is able to grow. We are currently learning about how environmental processes can be misinterpreted due to social constructs. People get attached to one specific theory such as deforestation causes desertification that they forget to look at the actual changes in the environment and whether or not they are positive or negative. I would suggest you research more about how deforestation actually affects earths processes to create your own opinion instead of just following the public transcript.
Thanks!
-Natalya

Hello,

great post for identifying the main purposes of tree extraction and some general ideas for the consequences of deforestation. You identified that the benefits of tree extraction were for gaining profits through the lumber industry such as paper and wood materials. In addition, the consequences mentioned were loss of habitat as well as soil erosion due to limited shade provided to maintain soil moisture. All are true however, there seemed to be a lack of information provided to enhance on the long-term effects such as greenhouse gas increase due to carbon stocks being emitted. Moreover, it seemed that based on your opinion city expansion for deforestation was acceptable or encouraged. It is noted that you mentioned the loss of habitat but, I am a little uncertain for whether you are for or against city expansion even if this creates deforestation as a result. If you could perhaps comment back an elaborate more on your own opinion on the matter that would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance,

Paige O.

StrongFaith,

Throughout my years in school, I have researched and written multiple papers regarding this tragic environmental issue of land degradation. As a result, this post immediately caught my attention and I found it quite interesting. Great job on covering the disadvantages as well as advantages due to the different causes of deforestation. It is evident that society will continue to need more land for animals, infrastructure and more lumber for endless products. Since the population is continuously increasing, the need for land and lumber results in even more deforestation. Of course deforestation is easy if everyone decided to stop cutting down these very important forests. But realistically what would benefit both society and forests, as well as the species that inhabit these forests? And how would these benefits be shown to provide insight to society? For example, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) of Canada is an "international certification and labeling system dedicated to promoting responsible forest management of the world’s forests." Forests are evaluated to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards, FSC-certified wood, paper and other forest products are then sold with the FSC label by certified companies in the marketplace. They help "businesses and consumers to make informed choices about the forest products they buy, and create positive change to keep our forests healthy for generations to come."

https://ca.fsc.org/en-ca/about-us

Great post! I agree with how this will affect us in the short term and long term. We can see that in the present the deforestation helps our economy, business and creates more space for us to live in. But it is sinister that we live in a society that not only takes away the habitat that gives millions of species a home, but it will lead to our demise in the long-term sense as well. The oxygen that we breath comes from the very trees that we cut down and burn. Believing that we have lots of time before it becomes an issue will continue to keep us blind of the consequences that lay at the end of our decisions. Not only does this problem affect global warming as mentioned in the post, but this becomes a chain reaction to many of our other environmental and health based issues that we face today. As more of these issues arise, we will have to live up to our actions all the more. Once again, this was a great post and the situation should be shared more to the general public's knowledge.

I really enjoyed your insightful perspective of the pros and cons of deforestation. I enjoyed the interesting facts of natural causes of deforestation such as the largest wildfire and mentioning the wildlife eating the seeds. You really touched on a relevant issue by talking about global warming. Trees both absorb and store carbon dioxide when growing but also release carbon dioxide when dying, decomposing or burning. It would be insightful to know the percentage of emissions caused from lumber and paper industry. I think that paper won’t be required in next decade as we going deeper into the digital age. Given that Canada is a staple country for lumber, do you think Canada should slow its industry?