Deforestation- A problem much larger then just �loosing trees�

Deforestation- A problem much larger then just �loosing trees�

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Jeff Ackerman November 26, 2007 Deforestation: A problem much larger then just “loosing trees” According to a journal article titled “Getting Credit for Saving Trees,” Bryan Walsh claims “deforestation is responsible for about 20% of global emissions, more than from all the cars, boats, and planes in the world.” Deforestation is the cutting down of forested area and transforming it to non-forest area like pavement or farmland. Primarily the epidemic of deforestation is found in tropical and poor, low-income countries in order to make room for expensive exports like soy and beef. These economic incentives overcome loggers to burn down these trees regardless of the biological and atmospheric consequences it promises. Today our concerns are tied with the biggest perpetrators of “slash and burn” farming including Brazil and Indonesia and other developing countries in the Amazon. The terminology slash and burn is related to the activity of using the soil for short-term cultivation repeatedly and thus exhausting the soil to the point of complete erosion. In this research paper, I will carefully explain the countries what countries depend on deforestation. In addition, I will also go into depth of the environmental consequences of this crime and the steps governments are trying to enforce to control deforestation and ultimately (hopefully) retaliate with a “zero deforestation” tolerance. Brazil as a country, is the world’s largest “deforester” loosing 7.6 million acres of rainforest every year. Although president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva pushed biofuels and claimed that ending deforestation in the Amazon as his tope priority at the United Nations General Assembly, it hasn’t seemed like too much has been accomplished. Lula da Silva claims, “in the last three years the rte of deforestation in the Amazon region has been cut in half.” Also this seems like an incredible feat that relieves economically concerned
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people, one must read between the lines. In fact, after Lula came into office in the 2002, deforestation was at the highest level ever, reached a peak, and is now starting to slow down explains Amazon enthusiast Roberto Smeraldi, the director of Friend’s of the Earth’s Sao Paulo chapter. In the past two years, the anxiety of further deforestation in the Amazon has been reduced due to news of a reduction in logger activity. The Brazilian government claims that in August of this year rainforest deforestation has dropped 30 percent. Environmentalists are pessimistic. In the London newspaper
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