Deforestation for children

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Problems of deforestation
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What is deforestation?

Deforestation is when humans remove or clear large areas of forest lands and related ecosystems for non-forest use. These include clearing for farming purposes, ranching and urban use. In these cases, trees are never re-planted.

forest tipsAbout 2,000 trees per minute are cut down in the rainforests. Rather shockingly, 36 million acres of natural forest are lost each year. This is worrying and very serious.

Since the industrial age, about half of world's original forests have been destroyed and millions of animals and living things have been endangered. Despite the improvements in education, information and general awareness of the importance of forests, deforestation has not reduced much, and there are still many more communities and individuals who still destroy forest lands for personal gains.
cutting down trees for farming purposes
Why do humans clear forest lands?


Trees are cut down (deforestation) for many reasons including
forest pointTo be used, sold or exported as timber, wood or fuel (charcoal). This is called logging.
forest pointTo be used for farming purposes (grazing fields for livestock, or large-scale farming activities)
forest pointTo make room for human settlement and urbanization (these include making space for shelter, industries, and roads)
forest pointTo make room for mining. (More on deforestation here)

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In all the reasons above, the trees cut are usually very well developed trees that have taken many years to mature. When they are cut, they break down more younger trees as they fall to the ground, leaving that area heavily degraded.

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