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Rain Forest Deforestation: How are We Affected?

Concern over the deforestation of the Amazon rain forest having a devastating effect on the environment, animals, and mankind is proving to be quite real.

Concern over the deforestation of the Amazon rain forest having a devastating effect on the environment, animals, and mankind is proving to be quite real. Since the early 21st century deforestation has claimed more than 28,000 square miles of trees in the rainforests. What are some of the causes for the deforestation and how do they effect the world population?

Causes of Rain Forest Deforestation

There are varied causes of the rain forest deforestation. Expansion of soy and cattle farms, the price in land values going up, and infrastructure improvement projects play a part in the destruction of the rain forest trees. The future will only see more pressures from countries developing to cut down rain forest trees despite the best efforts from conservationists. So how does this affect you and me?

Effects of Rain Forest Deforestation

How are we affected by cutting down of rain forest trees? Cutting down trees increases the amounts of the chemical carbon dioxide in the air. The chemical is known for increasing the temperature of the atmosphere causing a warming effect on the earth. When this occurs places that are normally cold increase in temperature and ice melts increasing the fresh water in saltwater areas and flooding just to name a few of the effects.

Then there are the animals and people who use the rain forest as their homes. Rain 

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forests are home to a wide variety of animals that may become extinct due to deforestation some species already have, which means future generations will only read about them in books. But there are not just animals and people affected there is also plant life that is used for medicinal purposes.

Not Just Animals and Plants are Effected

A variety of Indian tribes live in the rainforests and call them home. Deforestation means they lose their way of life. From infancy they have been taught to live off of the land, respect the rainforest and the inhabits living there. Their food and other materials they use in their day to day living will be affected without the rainforests. If the rainforests are destroyed then these tribes to may very well become extinct taking their knowledge and wisdom with them.

By destroying the rain forests few gain and all suffer. The quality of the air we all breathe is affected. The change in temperature can have devastating effects on the environment, the weather, and mankind. Animals, plant life, people many be facing extinction because of the deforestation of the rain forests.  

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  1. Jerry Bradford aka Jerry Atrixx

    On February 4, 2011 at 3:58 am


    I wish the entire world could get this article. Education is the best means of thwarting our self imposed eco disaster.

    I take solace in knowing that eventually God will step in and make all things as they should be.

  2. SharifaMcFarlane

    On February 4, 2011 at 9:22 am


    Some governments are behaving like they don’t realise this.

  3. Bella White

    On February 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm


    God, this makes me so sad. What is going to happen to the next generation. In my visions, I see nothing but miles of miles without trees and more new extinct animals. I just hope I am wrong.

  4. Sharif Ishnin

    On February 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm


    Great awareness. Saving the rain forest is about stopping the burning and cutting down trees. Sometimes I can’t still believe after decades later people are still doing them. I wonder how many rain forest are left after all these deforestation.

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