What is the main harm behind deforestation?

Deforestation can be defined as the large-scale removal of trees from forests (or other lands) for the facilitation of human activities.

Causes

The leading causes of deforestation are listed below

  • Agriculture and cattle grazing
  • Industrialisation
  • Urbanisation
  • Overpopulation

Harmful effects

  • The most powerful negative consequences of deforestation is global warming and climate change.
  • Over 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions can be sourced to the deforestation of tropical rainforests.
  • Since the roots of trees provide support to the surrounding soil, deforestation also contributes towards soil erosion

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