Global Effects of Deforestation
Deforestation has many negative effects on the environment, the economy, and the world. Deforestation may not be happening in your local environment, but it is absolutely impacting your world. There is a clear connection between the health of the Amazon and the health of the planet. The rain forests help stabilize the local and global climate since they contain 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon, which help stabilize local and global climate. Deforestation releases significant amounts of this carbon, which has catastrophic consequences around the world. And at this current rate of deforestation, the world’s rainforests could completely vanish in a hundred years.
The most dramatic impact of deforestation is a loss of habitat for millions of species. Seventy percent of Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes. Deforestation also drives climate change. Forest soils are moist, but without protection from sun-blocking tree cover they quickly dry out. Trees also help perpetuate the water cycle by returning water vapor back into the atmosphere. Without trees to fill these roles, many former forest lands can quickly become barren deserts.
The danger signs are undeniable and the need to change has never been more apparent. The quickest solution to deforestation would be to simply stop cutting down trees, but financial realities make this unlikely to happen. But there are some things that you can do to help, like going paperless.