Deforestation Causes of Deforestation Why it Matters Get Exorno Merch

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Deforestation

Approximately 30% of the planet's land mass is covered by forests however the human race are cutting them down at an ever increasing rate, destroying essential habitats on a massive scale in so doing.

Good news though, the world has recognised this as being a problem and and now has started to seek ways of slowing the pace of climate change and help preserve wildlife and their environments. Trees and the planting of trees are a major part of the solution. However deforestation for profit and short term gain inevitably sacrifices any long-term benefits of standing trees and existing forestation.

Forests are disappearing at an alarming rate. In the last 25 years the world has lost in excess of 500,000 square miles (1.2 million square kilometers) of forest. This equates to an area larger than South Africa. Since large scale commercial tree felling commenced in excess of 45% of forests have been felled, this includes approximately 17% of the Amazon rainforest, recently this has been on the rise.

Trees are a necessity for a variety of reasons, most importantly is that they absorb not only the carbon dioxide that we exhale, but also the carbon dioxide and heat-trapping greenhouse gases that human activities emit. These heat trapping gases contribute to global warming, now more commonly known as climate change. Tropical tree can provide a near quarter of the mitigation the Earth's climate needs over the next decade and beyond into the future.

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Causes of deforestation

Farming, large scale mining and drilling combined account for more than 50% of all deforestation. Management of forests, wildfires and urbanization account for the rest. In parts of Asia forests are cut down to make way for producing palm oil, which is an ingredient found in many everyday goods. In South America, the Amazon in particular cattle ranching and farms producing soy are key culprits.

Logging operations supply the raw materials for the world's wood and paper products and are responsible for felling countless trees each year. Some of these loggers acting illegally build access routes to more and more remote forests. Urban sprawl is a contributor to deforestation as land is used to develop homes for the Earth's ever growing population. However not all deforestation is intentional, some is caused by natural factors like wildfires and overgrazing, which may prevent the growth of young trees.

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Why it matters and what can be done

Deforestation affects not only people but also animals in areas where the trees are being cut. Over a quarter of a billion people living in areas of forests and savannahs rely on trees for subsistence and in some cases income. Many of these are among the world's poorest people. Over three quarters of the Earth's plant's and animals reside in forests. Deforestation threatens many species such as the Orangutan, Sumatran tiger and many varieties of birds. Depleting the forest of portions of its canopy which effectively removes the forests ability to block the sun's rays during the day and subsequently at night time retaining heat. This leads to more extreme swings in temperature which then can be more harmful to plants and animals.

The South American rainforest is known to influence regional and perhaps even global water cycles. It is key to water supplies in Brazil and Brazilian cities as well as some neighboring countries. The Amazon river provides water to some of the soy farmers and beef ranchers who are responsible for cutting trees and clearing the forest. Felling trees adds carbon dioxide to the air we breathe but also removes the ability for the Earth to absorb carbon dioxide.

There are however reasons to be hopeful. A movement is under way to preserve existing forest ecosystems and restore lost tree cover. Several organizations and activists are working highlight and fight illegal mining and logging. Exorno.net considers itself to be amongst this movement. 70% of revenues raised will be pumped back into projects whose purpose is to reforest areas which have been subject to deforestation as well as using our partners to plant trees in previously unforested areas with the aim of repairing previous damage.

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