World Wednesday: The Harmful Effects of Deforestation

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World Wednesday: The Harmful Effects of Deforestation

Stephanie Kroll, Staff Writer

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Trees provide oxygen for all living things on this planet. And without the trees, life would not exist on this earth.

But over the years, the amount of wilderness we have on this earth has been diminishing because of deforestation.

And Russia, Brazil, Canada, and even the United States are labeled as some of the most threatened places for harmful deforestation.

But forests like the Amazon, Atlantic Forest/Gran Chaco, Borneo, Cerrado, Choco-Darien, Congo Basin, Eastern Africa, Eastern Australia, Greater Mekong, New Guinea, and Sumatra are even taking a beating.

And after the trees get swept away, there will be less clean air, a huge loss of animals, and a great amount of habitat loss.

Urbanization, agricultural expansion, logging, livestock ranching, mining, disease or timber harvest, and overpopulation is the reason for this disturbing worldwide problem.

And in The United States of America, as reported by Mongabay.com, “33.1% —or about 303,089,000 hectares—of United States of America is forested. Of this, 34.4% —or roughly 104,182,000 hectares—is classified as primary forest, the most bio-diverse form of forest.”

But there is such thing as hope in the form of reforestation.

And that is “the natural or intentional restocking of existing forests and woodlands that have been depleted, usually through deforestation.”

Which can be reached with the help of healthy projects such as The Natures Conservancy ‘Plant a Billion’ Project.

That program uses each dollar that is donated to create healthy forest habitats by planting tree seedlings in areas that have been highly degraded, and by assisting the natural regeneration of the forest by removing barriers to the forest’s ability to heal itself.

And projects such as that, need to be practiced more often in the world or else we all could end up walking around surgical masks on our faces because of the polluted air.

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