How Does Deforestation Affect the Environment?
Deforestation is an issue that has been brought to the front of the international scene since the past decades. Unfortunately, as the human needs grow, so is the deforestation. As urbanisation is developing, more and more lands are needed, but at what price? MoreApp gives you some striking facts and figures to help you understand better how deforestation affects our environment, why our forests are so important and why we should protect them.
What is deforestation? It is the fact of cutting trees and removing forests for the human use like agricultural expansion, housing or even illegal logging. As we are more and more numerous on the planet, we need more space, but this exposes the planet to many risks.
How Does Deforestation Endanger the Environment?
- It is estimated that in 100 years time there won’t be any rainforests on earth anymore.
- One and a half acres of forest is cut down every second.
- The rate of deforestation equals to a loss of 20 football fields every minute.
- Up to 28,000 species are expected to become extinct by the next quarter of the century due to deforestation.
- Deforestation affects water cycle.
Why are Forests so Important?
- They provide habitats for animals and livelihoods for humans.
- 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon forest.
- Trees are important components of the ecosystem by absorbing carbon.
- More than 25% of the medicine we use come from rainforest plants.
- Forests provide watershed protection, prevent soil erosion and mitigate climate change.
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