Deforestation Impacts

Categories: Deforestation

According to the Global Change website, a large leading factor to global climate change are human activities. As an example, deforestation is the clearing of trees in one area. By reducing the amount of natural processes that can remove carbon dioxide, humans are encouraging an increase in surface temperatures. Deforestation is the act of clearing a large wide area of trees, typically forests. These areas are then converted to make room for buildings/apartments, schools, or roads, as mentioned on the IUCN website.

Deforestation only happens when the trees lose their ability to provide to people and nature (for example, wildfires) Deforestation impacts the climate by increasing the risk of survival for species, and can lead to higher surface temperatures. For individuals, deforestation removes our food safety net. Trees provide us food security during natural disasters like climate shocks, and can be used to prevent coastal flooding. , one of the suggestions given was to adopt a carbon tax. By creating a carbon tax, we can encourage the emission of carbon into our environment.

This can ensure a more efficient long term investment, and a better protection of our economy. Based on the same article, one of the actions I would engage in is the prevention of waste in food and materials used for it (wrappers, plastic, etc). Large amounts of waste can lead to overfilling our landfills, and increase the amount of emission released.

Human population growth is seen as a new development, because of how inconsistent growth used to be in prior centuries.

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Although there were moments where growth suddenly increased, because of wars and disease outbreaks, death rates would rise instead. However, after WWII, there was a period where growth increased. This period lasted from 1946 until 1964, and is referred to as the baby boom. One of the contributing factors was better health care, allowing families to give birth safely and provide the proper medicines and equipment.

One of the impacts that growth has on developed and developing worlds is poverty. For example, the Bay Area is known for technology and being home to developers like Facebook, Google, etc. Because the Bay Area provides many opportunities for advancement and good salary jobs, more people would want to move here, leading towards an increase in rent. According to an article by NBC Bay Area, around 4,000 students attending San Jose State University sleep in their car because of how difficult it is to pay rent. This caused the university to take action by providing a $3 million grant for students, and create a plan to create housing for those students for their faculty, staff members, and students.

The movements of large numbers of people, in my opinion, will worsen the problems posed by human population growth. For example, one of the problems we currently face is housing. Because families are growing and the population is increasing, cities have to provide more housing. Their options are to either build up, or build out. This leads to issues like deforestation, where companies clear out forests or large areas of land in order to replace it with buildings, roads, or other means of construction. It can also cause a decrease in natural resources, increase in food waste and trash, and climate change.

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Deforestation Impacts
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