Deforestation

Deforestation on its own is responsible for about 10% (10 percent) of worldwide emissions. Scroll down to read more about deforestation and how it causes climate change.

The relationship between climate change and deforestation

Deforestation has a big effect on climate change. During deforestation, a large patch of trees in the forest is cut down for land or agriculture. Trees trap carbon dioxide ad give out oxygen during photosynthesis. When trees are cut down, all the carbon dioxide stored in the tree gets released into the air. The trees that were cut down also release carbon dioxide when they are left to rot and burn on the forest ground. This increases the amount of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere which further leads to climate change. Furthermore, what mostly replaces the land which was once occupied by trees are livestock and crops, which generate large amounts of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and climate change.

Lumberjack Cutting Down Trees
Wild Forest Fires

The impacts of deforestation

When forests are destroyed, the lives and traditions of forest communities are ruined. Many plants and animals are lost, which leads to many species becoming endangered. Deforestation also causes an uptick in mosquito-borne diseases and a more rapid spread of Roya, which is a plant disease that threatens our supply of coffee.

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Q: What is the main reason why people cut trees down?

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