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Stories about Deforestation?!?

What are some stories I can make up about deforestation? It's for a bio project & I need to make up a story about deforestation aimed for 2-3 graders

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  • 8 years ago
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    Deforestation

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    How climate change is hurting forests

    Replanting and sustainable forestry

    Background - March 13, 2006

    Deforestation is a major cause of climate change because it releases huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere contributing to the greenhouse effect.

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    The US based Cargill corporation burns large areas of rainforest to prepare for soya plantations.

    Deforestation and forest degradation are both a cause and a result of climate change. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and use it to grow, but when they decay or burn, carbon dioxide is released again. Decaying plants also produce methane, a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide.

    So deforestation and forest degradation are doubly damaging, because greenhouse gases are released (e.g. through forest fires, or using the cut trees as firewood), while at the same time the number of carbon dioxide absorbing trees are reduced. Thirty percent of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere over the past 150 years is thought to come from deforestation, but this is a small amount compared to what is still stored in forests. The Canadian and Russian boreal forests alone hold 40 percent of the world's carbon stocks.

    How climate change is hurting forests

    Changes in temperature ranges and precipitation can harm forests. Droughts and forest fires are expected to increase due to climate change. Forest fires can be a normal part of forests - they clear dense brush and are part of some species' lifecycle. However, forests over stressed by human activity and drought can also be devastated by them. There are already indications that the Amazon is drying out, which could lead to a dangerous feedback of fires and desertification.

    Invasive insect species may also damage forest health. Insects play a role in boreal ecology - they decompose litter, supply food for birds and small animals, and eliminate diseased trees. But insect attacks are likely to increase in frequency and intensity as established forests succumb to the physiological stress associated with warmer, drier conditions. As the Arctic warms, some invasive insect species, which the colder climate normally helps hold in check, are already increasing in population.

    Replanting and sustainable forestry

    It's worth noting that proper sustainable forestry practices do not cause a net increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere because a new tree is grown for every one cut down. By contrast, clear cutting and converting forestland into to urban areas has a very high negative impact - because the forest is destroyed and replaced with heat absorbing pavement and buildings.

    Obviously, re-forestation, sustainable logging and protecting ancient forests are essential if we do not want the pace of climate change to increase further - so long as these forests are not destroyed later (by future logging, forest fires, etc.).

    However, to actually prevent dangerous, human-induced climate change, we need to address the main cause: the burning of fossil fuels and the release of industrial greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

  • 8 years ago

    Land reclamation at the expense of deforestation, rock quarrying, sand quarrying, soil extracting and other activities at the expense of deforestation shall be forbidden.

    That the effects of the imbalance between population and resources are resulting in deforestation, soil erosion and other ecological changes leading to a deterioration of the natural environment which if unchecked will threaten the very human existence;

  • 8 years ago

    Read something like the Dr. Suess book, The Lorax. It's about deforestation and it's effects.

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