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Joshua Minton IEP Professor Axelrod Non-Legally Binding Treaty on All Types of Forests The world today is dangerous- more so than we could possibly imagine, or even care to admit. It’s not as if the nature has suddenly changed - or that we’re all turning into zombies - but nevertheless, mankind on it’s current course has opened a Pandora’s box of environmental and humanitarian issues. Many of these dangers we face are self-wrought, and the subsequent injuries suffered are self-inflicted. The fact of the matter is that there are certain highly politicized issues that often get in the way, such as ‘global warming’. This is one of the most oft discussed problems facing man today – and there is no doubt that it is here to stay. However, as it stands, the single biggest looming issue facing mankind is the exponential increase in numbers of our own population. It continues to increase, and it increases at such a rate that we are quickly approaching our carrying capacity. But, it is not only Global Warming we should be worried about: space all over the world is waning, and food, clean water and lumber are becoming increasingly hard to come by. There is such demand for these things nowadays that QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
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they are becoming impossible to come by- if you aren’t born in the right place at the right time. There is an increasing demand upon the earth’s resources – land, food, water and lumber, which cannot be sustained for much longer. These issues are all well represented in the rapid deforestation occurring in the world today. Whether these forests are tropical or temperate, exotic or native, lowland or highland – all are currently being chopped down at an alarming rate. This is done in order for a myriad of reasons. It is often to support local agriculture, economic opportunism, and construction- all in an attempt to satiate man’s insatiable appetite for more . This incessant need for a sort of instant gratification has led to a severe loss of biodiversity, disruptions in the planet’s water cycles, unnatural floods and droughts, adds to the issue of global warming, and all while putting human health and lives at risk. Just how bad is it? As to the extent of the deforestation that has already occurred, studies say that nearly 50% of the world’s forests have disappeared- and every year roughly 16 million hectares or 617,000 square miles are harvested; and are never seen again. The World Resources Institute estimates that “only about 22% of the world's (old growth) original forest cover remains ‘intact’”. Most of the forest cover left remains in the following places: North America (as in Canada and Alaska), the Russian boreal (Taiga Biome), and the
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tropical forests of South America, I.E. “the northwestern Amazon Basin and the Guyana Shield (Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, Columbia, etc)” (UMich). Man has had an effect on forest patterns for centuries, but in this day and age, the impacts of man’s agrarian and
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This note was uploaded on 06/04/2011 for the course POLI 0125-560-0 taught by Professor Axelrod during the Spring '11 term at Adelphi.

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