Deforestation

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  • Deforestation is clearing Earth's forests on a massive scale, often resulting in damage to the quality of the land.
  • The logging of trees has a large impact globally because it contributes to global warming. The trees release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide is stored in the trees but when they are cut down it is released back into the atmosphere. The reduction of trees increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, causing global warming.
  • When trees are cleared from the rainforest, there is no plants to intercept the rain before it hits to soil. This causes leaching and soil erosion. The soil erosion forms gulleys and pollutes rivers.
  • Long trails of the forest are cleared to build roads for more access for one particular activity and resource but this creates access for other exploiters who want to use the resources causing more of the forest to be at risk.
  • Families with no land move to the forest and clear areas of land so that they are abel to grow produce for themselves. The government are also clearing areas of the forest to relieve pressure of the crowded cities in Brazil.
  • Land is cleared for cattle ranching, however, whilst this activity provides income for Brazil, the land quickly becomes infertile and more areas of the threatened rainforest are cleared to move the cattle.
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