Causes of Deforestation: Direct CausesPeople have been deforesting the Earth for thousands of years, primarily to clear land for crops or livestock.Although tropical forests are largely confined to developing countries, they aren’t just meeting local or national needs; economic globalization means that the needs and wants of the globalpopulation are bearing down on them as well. Direct causes of deforestation are agricultural expansion, wood extraction (e.g., logging or wood harvest for domestic fuel or charcoal), andinfrastructure expansion such as road building and urbanization. Rarely is there a single direct cause for deforestation. Most often, multiple processes work simultaneously or sequentially tocause deforestation. |
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Deforestation can be attributed to various causes. The obvious one is logging, however the reasons extends a lot further than that. The forests are cultivated, cleared andburned every year for international ranchers and local farmers. Deforestation is a problem with far reaching consequences ranging from a barren landscape to a higher Carbon Dioxide levels inthe air. The underlying point is that we have to pull together to stop the destruction of the world's woodlands and forests.
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