This science game helps children practice about deforestation and its impact on climate. There are a number of reasons for deforestation, including human-induced conversion of a forest to another land use. Whether deforestation is caused by natural disasters, overpopulation, or the desire for more land for settlements, the loss of forest cover will have a detrimental impact on our planet. We can also prevent deforestation by adopting alternative land-use patterns. Listed below are some alternatives to deforestation.
Researchers say the combined effects of deforestation and climate change are already being felt. The Amazon rainforest, the largest remaining forest on Earth, is threatened by climate change and deforestation. The combination could cause the rainforest to rapidly change from tropical rain forest to a savannah-like landscape, destroying a vast array of wildlife and releasing carbon stored in the trees. This process can be reversed.
Companies involved in the supply chain of commodities that are affected by deforestation face a significant financial material risk. The impact of these risks can be felt in several ways, including regulatory action, lost market access and potential customer aversion. Moreover, companies may also face increased production costs and supply chain disruption. If you want to increase the chances of getting a positive response from a company, here are some important things to know.
Human-driven conversion to another land use of a forest
One definition of deforestation focuses on logging, which is a human-driven conversion of a forest from one land use to another. However, logging isn't the only cause of forest degradation. Forest-grazing, timber extraction, and fuelwood gathering are other causes, too, including the illegal harvest of wood, which results in dramatic ecological loss.
The deforestation rates vary widely between countries, but the top five countries that are currently logged-in included Comoros, which lost 60 percent of its forests. Landlocked Burundi, meanwhile, was second, losing 47 percent of its forests. Other high-deforestation countries were Togo, Honduras, Mauritania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 20 countries across the globe were found to have deforested at least 20 percent of their forests between 1990 and 2005.
Impacts on animals
There are many consequences of deforestation for animals. In addition to its direct impact on habitat, deforestation also causes general degrading of the environment, making it less suitable for a variety of species. When forests are destroyed, wildlife habitats are damaged or destroyed, leaving native species with very little food, shelter, or breeding habitat. Deforestation also fragments ecosystems, forcing some species to live on small islands of habitat surrounded by degraded land.
Even if the animals survive, their populations are not likely to thrive in the new, unstable habitat. Deforestation also leads to higher levels of human-wildlife conflict. As habitats are reduced, animal populations die slowly as food and breeding rates decline and competition for food increases. On a global scale, deforestation leads to the extinction of 135 species per day, or 50,000 per year. Another effect is the increased rate of climate change, which changes weather patterns in different regions of the world. As a result, climate change is accelerating ocean acidification, which affects water quality.
Alternatives to deforestation
"Alternatives to Deforestation" explores the various ways we can make sustainable use of the Amazon rain forest. This fascinating book aims to promote responsible land management and explores sustainable uses of rain forests in general. In particular, this book explores the potential of the Amazon rain forest as a biodiversity hotspot. It offers many practical ideas that will help save this unique ecosystem. Read on for more information!
Today, deforestation is largely taking place in the tropics, but as roads are being built through dense forests, they're becoming more accessible. REDD has been estimated to cost just over $1 billion per year in opportunity costs compared to climate change mitigation measures in individual countries. The Stern review, for example, estimates the cost of eliminating 50% of deforestation globally and in eight key countries, which account for about 6.2 million hectares of deforestation yearly. This is much cheaper than the estimated cost of reducing deforestation in a single country.