Deforestation and its Devastating Impacts on Climate Change
by kcooke01 on October 4, 2016 - 2:21pm
Deforestation is a continually growing problem across the world. The clearing of trees and declining plant biodiversity comes with several different effects on the world’s environment, namely on climate change. In an article published in the Calgary Herald, it is mentioned that although there has been a drop in deforestation in some high-risk areas, it is still a persisting problem. Using the information provided by a study performed at the Imperial College of London, the article is meant to emphasise the importance of environmental awareness and stresses the issue of how deforestation is a leading factor in climate change. The Amazon, the Congo Basin and several regions in Southeast Asia are areas which all experience significant amounts of forest habitat loss annually. This is due to a lack of effective government regulations and is influenced by the growing consumer demand and industries in each region. Increasing amounts of deforestation are leading to immense habitat loss and species endangerment/extinction. Deforestation is also contributing to climate change due to there being fewer trees to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen as well as carbon emissions from decomposing trees entering the atmosphere. The article suggests that there needs to be an increase in conservations efforts to help mitigate the problem. To achieve this, there needs to be cooperation between all parties involved, including consumers, corporations, and governments.
This article does a great job at bringing to light several of the concerns which come along with deforestation, which is a topic I have studied for several different classes over my four years at university. I find that the article also offers a great starting point for a solution on how to go about mitigating the issue, although it is brief, it is a starting point. Resource management is an important component of helping to maintain sturdy environmental conditions. It is part of a government system and is the responsibility of the government to set down policies and regulations which properly help to support sustainable practices. Although it is a government regulated system, it is also important for consumers and industries to take into consideration the effects which the sourcing of resources and production of goods can have on the environment. If there is a better relationship built between all parties with the environmental and a better awareness of the consequences of their actions, there is the opportunity to come up with a proper and effective solution.
In the regions mentioned in the article, the issue of deforestation seems to be a conflict of value. The parties involved seem to have different ideas about the goals of the management and use of the forests. In an article published in the International Business Times, it goes more in depth about one of the regions describing the conflict between wanting to protect the Borneo forest and the jobs created by its destruction. The Borneo forest in Indonesia is a large producer of palm oil, an industry which relies on the expansion of plantation land into forested areas. For this reason, I find that the recommendation from the first article to have cooperation between all parties is the best way to come to a possible solution to the large amounts of deforestation which is taking place globally.
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Ramkumar, A. (2016, July 29). Calgary Herald. Retrieved October 3, 2016, from http://calgaryherald.com/news/world/deforestation-will-pump-billions-of-tonnes-of-emissions-into-earths-atmosphere
Ramsay, D. (2016, October 1). Delving into drivers of deforestation: Map shows extent of loss in Borneo since 1970s. International Business Times. Retrieved October 3, 2016, from http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/delving-into-drivers-deforestation-map-shows-extent-loss-borneo-since-1970s-1584340