Deforestation Made By: Sadaf, Sara, Momina, Aaraiz and Muzzamil DEFORESTION Deforestation, clearance or clearing is the removal of a forest or stand of trees where the land is thereafter converted to a non-forest use. Examples of deforestation include conversion of forestland to farms, ranches, or urban use. Many important forest functions have no markets, and hence, no economic value that is readily apparent to the forests' owners or the communities. Some commentators have noted a shift in the drivers of deforestation over the past 30 years ely on forests for their well-being. • Deforestation occurs for many reasons ; the trees are cut down to be used or sold as fuel. • According to some scientists , the direct cause of deforestation is agriculture. • About half of world’s original forests have been cut down and sold as fuel. • There are some negative affects and positive affects of deforestation. The positive affects are: 1. People get more land to use 2. Many constructions can be done to make the city developed and beautiful. 3. We get wood for many purposes such as making furniture, paper etc. The negative affects of deforestation are: 1. Many wild animals lose their homes and some become extinct. 2. The cutting and specially burning of forests causes global warming and increase in greenhouse gases which are harmful for the earth. 3. The cutting of trees means that the amount of oxygen will increase as trees take in carbon-dioxide and give out oxygen. • Forests cover 31% of the land area on our planet. They produce vital oxygen and provide homes for people and wildlife. Many of the world’s most threatened and endangered animals live in forests, and 1.6 billion people rely on benefits forests offer, including food, fresh water, clothing, traditional medicine and shelter. • But forests around the world are under threat from deforestation, jeopardizing these benefits. Deforestation comes in many forms, including fires, clear-cutting for agriculture, ranching and development, unsustainable logging for timber, and degradation due to climate change. In the Amazon, around 17% of the forest has been lost in the last 50 years, mostly due to forest conversion for cattle ranching.
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