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Running Head: Assignment 04 1 Nicole Davis AC1703436 SO245C Social Impact of Technology Assignment 04 08/21/2017 Environmental Impacts of Deforestation Nicole Davis Ashworth College
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Assignment 08 2 Deforestation is considered to be one of the major contributing factors to global change. Deforestation is the clearance or removal of a forest or stand of trees where the land is then converted to non-forest use. Examples of deforestation include conversion of forest land to farms, ranches, or urban use. The most concentrated deforestation occurs in tropical rainforests and 90% of indigenous forests have been destroyed since 1600 (Bradford, 2015) . The impact deforestation leaves in its wake can be devastating to the carbon cycle, hydro (water) cycle, and to the eco system, specifically the reduction of species diversity. Trees play a critical role in absorbing the greenhouse gases that fuel global warming, and fewer trees means larger amounts of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere (National Geographic, “Deforestation”, 2016). Generally, around the world, forests upload oxygen into the
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