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DeforestationCauses, Effects, and Solutions | Futurism

Posted: May 11, 2019 at 4:51 pm

28,000 species may go extinct in the next quarter century due to excessive deforestation. Rainforests contain the highest levels of biodiversity in the world, and without a diverse world, life will be unable to thrive. Diversity leads to unique adaptations and evolution and allows organisms to rely on each other to survive.

Soil erosion, floods, and wildlife extinction increase in global warming.

20% of the world's oxygen is produced in the Amazon rainforest.

There are more than 121 natural remedies in the rain forest are used as medicine.

25% of cancer-fighting organisms are found in the Amazon.

4500 acres of forests are cleared hourly by fires, bulldozers, machetes, etc.

Its estimated in 100 years there will be no rainforests at all.

Agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation. This also can cause infertility in the land due to overgrazing which will prevent the growth of new forests.

Each year forests the size of Panama are lost.

Deforestation is speeding up global warming.

The soil in forests is most but once the trees are cleared the soil has no protection and quickly dries out from sun exposure.

Financial profits are the main reason for deforestation.

Reusing/recycling paper and plastic bags can decrease deforestation.

Buying products with eco-friendly packaging will help prevent deforestation.

Clear-cutting is when one will cut part of a forest down, to help certain wildlife prosper or support a certain ecosystem. While this can be controversial, it can be beneficial and completely different than deforestation.

Agent Orange is a defoliant and herbicide, used in two wars. The British used Agent Orange to clear trees so insurgents were unable to hide behind them. They also killed crops to decrease the enemies food supply.

Orchids and Rafflesia are both endangered plants.

The highest percent of forest loss is Malaysia.

The highest area of forest loss is Brazil.

The 10 most threatened forests includeThe Amazon, Atlantic Forest/Gran Chaco, Borneo, Cerrado, Choco-Darien, Congo Basin, Eastern Africa, Eastern Australia, Greater Mekong, New Guinea, and Sumatra.

Palm oil harvesting is directly responsible for endangering the Sumatran Tiger, Orangutan, Bornean Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros, and Malayan Sun Bear.

Rainforests cover 6% of the Earths surface but are home to 50% of plant and animal species.

Buy certified furniture and woodthis means it was legally cut down.

Buy recycled productsand continue to recycle or reuse your own products.

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