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Check out these curious facts to learn more about deforestation effects on global warming.

 

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Fact#1

Did you know?⁠

In 2014 it was reported that 11% of all global greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans are due to deforestation — comparable to the emissions from all of the passenger vehicles on the planet.⁠

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Fact#2

Deforestation refers to the decrease in forest areas across the world that are lost for other uses such as agricultural croplands, urbanization, or mining activities.

Video Credit: Natinal Geographic

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Fact#3

At current rates of deforestation, rainforests will vanish altogether in a century (one hundred years).

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Fact#4

It is estimated that more than 1.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide or the equivalence greenhouse gas emissions from approximately 300 million passenger vehicles driven for one year; are released into the atmosphere due to deforestation.

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Fact#5

The most straightforward personal strategy to fight against deforestation is to plant a tree. Planting a tree could be considered a lifelong investment into the environment and your good mental health.

Video credit: In travel earth

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Fact#6

Did you know?

You can plant trees by googling on the internet. Ecosia is a search engine Social Enterprise, that use its profit  from ads to plant trees in some of the harshest places on EarthThere is a Social Enterprise that use their profit from adds to plant trees.

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Fact#7

Logging is the process of cutting and processing trees to produce timber and pulp to supply the world’s markets for furniture, construction, paper, and other products.

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Fact#8

The reason that logging is so bad for the climate is that when trees are felled they release the carbon they are storing into the atmosphere, where it mingles with greenhouse gases from other sources and contributes to global warming accordingly.

Photo credit: Sharad Bhat

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Fact#9

Anyone can collaborate against illegal logging by volunteering in forest management groups that in many cases are nonprofit organizations. They rely on people like you and me to help them spread awareness about logging.

Photo credit: Anna Shvets in Pexels

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Fact#10

Deforestation often occurs because of a lack of awareness and knowledge about how our actions affect our environment. 

Photo credit: Riobersinho Aguilar Q from Pixabay

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Fact#11

A major contributor by human hands to global warming is tropical deforestation by fire. When these forests are burned, they release huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere and in addition, because the forests no longer exist, they are no longer available to absorb CO2.

Photo credit: In source

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Fact#12

New estimates suggest the Amazon rainforest fires have produced as much as 140 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. That’s the equivalent of the annual emissions from about 30 million cars

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Fact#13

Many rainforest have been burnt down to make way for cattle farming. It is estimated that for each pound of beef produced, 200 square feet of rainforest are destroyed.

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Fact#14

The estimated total emissions associated with Amazon cattle ranching ranged from 499 to 775 Mt CO2eq.

Photo credit: In Rainforest Concern

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Fact#15

We can contribute against cattle farming by reducing the amount of meat we eat, this will help lower the global demand for meat and help prevent further destruction of forests to make way for more livestock.

Photo credit: Ryan McGuire from Pixabay 

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Fact#16

Tropical forests are incredibly effective at storing carbon, providing at least a third of

the mitigation action needed

to prevent the worst climate

change scenarios.

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Fact#17

The Amazon encompass the single largest remaining tropical rainforest in the world, it also houses at least 10% of the world’s known biodiversity, including endemic and endangered flora and fauna, and its river accounts for 15-16% of the world’s total river discharge into the oceans.

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Fact#18

Tropical forests not only provide oxygen for us to breathe, but also take CO2 out of the atmosphere and store much more carbon than forests in temperate regions. Losing such forests greatly hampers Earth’s ability to remove carbon from the atmosphere and avoid the worst effects of global warming.

Photo credit: In source

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Fact#19

Rainforests store water like a huge sponge. In fact, it is believed that the Amazonian forests alone store over half of the Earth's rainwater!

Photo credit: Aaron Burden on Unsplash

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Fact#20

Around 80% of our favorite foods originally came from rainforests including coffee, chocolate, rice, tomatoes, potatoes, bananas, black pepper, pineapples and corn.

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Fact#21

70% of plants found to have anticancer properties grow in the rainforest. With the Amazon disappearing quickly, the continuity of this knowledge for the health of future generations is under threat.

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