Deforestation’s Hidden Impact on Endangered Species
Deforestation is the clearing of natural forest land. It’s an issue beyond the realms of just being a problem for the rainforests and the people who live there. It is a concern that has worldwide repercussions and affects Planet Earth on many levels. While its impact is global, locally it has increasingly devastating consequences for wildlife and endangered species.
Why Do We Need Rainforests?
The ecological services provided by rainforests are monumental.
Having 1.5 billion hectares of land, it is the world’s second-largest biome and one of the most biodiverse places on Planet Earth.
Rainforests, also known as tropical forests, are found in areas with high annual rainfall ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 mm, and temperatures ranging from 10°C to 30°C.
There are two types of tropical forests including primary forest and secondary forest. Primary forests are rainforests where natural succession has not disturbed the ecosystem.
Whereas secondary forest results from a human-caused disturbance, such as deforestation and logging for timber or agricultural purposes.
Rainforests are amongst the most diverse places on Planet Earth. The key word here is diverse — if you visit a rainforest, then you’ll experience more biodiversity within a few square miles than in your entire country!
The rainforest is home to thousands of species of plants, animals, and insects; many of which can only be found in this environment.
It’s also home to Indigenous people who have lived there for thousands of years and developed their own unique culture and way of life.
The world’s tropical forests are home to about 50 million species of plants and insects!
And that’s just plants and insects — we haven’t even begun to count all the fish and amphibians in these habitats.
Many people ask why should we protect them? Well, here’s why:
- Rainforests play an important role in regulating our climate by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releasing oxygen back into it.
- Rainforests are home to an incredible array of wildlife, including monkeys, birds, and reptiles — many of which have yet to be discovered by science!
- Rainforests provide us with medicinal plants that can be used for treating many illnesses. A lot of the medicines we take today were originally derived from plants found in rainforests!
And that’s just for starters!
The World Could Lose 137 Species to Extinction Every Day
The problem with deforestation is that plants and animals are dying at an alarming rate.
In fact, nearly 20% of endangered species can attribute at least part of their endangerment to human encroachment. Why?
Every year, trees are chopped down, animals are harmed, and plants are destroyed because people want more land.
Extinction is a natural occurrence in the world. If you look back in time, there have been countless changes that were brought about due to the extinction of certain species.
But for the first time in history, we are creating an entirely human-made wave of a mass extinction like climate change and deforestation.
Plants and animals are going to be extinct. This isn’t just a possibility; it’s happening right now.
Deforestation accelerated in Brazil while climate talks were underway in Egypt
Via its satellite-based deforestation alert system, Brazil’s national space research institute INPE recorded 555 square kilometers (214 square miles) of forest clearing during November, about 60% above average for the month over the past seven years and more than twice last November’s rate.
November’s tally brings the area of deforestation detected year to date to 10,049 square kilometers, the highest loss in the first 11 months of a year since at least 2008.
As humans, we tend to ignore things that don’t directly affect us, but this is a problem that we need to address as soon as possible.
The truth is that there are many ways in which we’re destroying Planet Earth. Whether it’s through pollution or deforestation – one thing is certain: we need to change our ways if we want to continue living on Planet Earth.
One of the biggest issues facing plants and animals today is deforestation.
Not only does deforestation destroy habitats for these creatures, but it also contributes heavily to climate change by releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Deforestation also influences global warming because it reduces the number of trees that absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Deforestation And Threats to Wildlife Are Increasing
Deforestation, climate change, and pollution are but a few of the human-driven phenomena impacting wildlife.
Whether we’re countering these problems with increased conservation efforts or not, the facts speak for themselves. Biologists estimate that we’ve lost one-third of the world’s wildlife in just the last 40 years.
Humans are a threat to nature. It might be difficult to accept this fact, but it’s something that has been proven over time. We take from Planet Earth without thinking about the consequences it will have on wildlife or the environment.
Deforestation is a serious issue that is impacting our planet. Forests are one of the most important ecosystems on Planet Earth, and they are being destroyed at an alarming rate.
The world’s forests provide us with many different resources such as water, food, medicine, and shelter.
They also provide us with copious oxygen that we need to breathe. Without these resources, life would not be possible on Planet Earth.
Deforestation can be caused by many different factors such as logging for wood products, clearing land for agriculture, or building roads through the forest.
These actions often lead to soil erosion which can cause other environmental problems including landslides or flooding.
Another major concern with deforestation is habitat loss for wildlife species such as birds and insects that rely on trees for food and shelter.
Habitat loss can lead to the extinction of these species if they cannot adapt quickly enough due to the lack of their natural habitat.
Oftentimes, we cause irreversible damage; yet we continue to harm Mother Nature for our own benefit. This is something that needs to be changed for us to restore a healthy ecosystem.
The Way We’re Contributing to Animal Extinctions
The World Wildlife Fund warns that deforestation could lead to mass animal extinctions.
As habitat is degraded or destroyed, animals are forced either to relocate, starve, or die. Human beings are the largest cause of deforestation.
We’re in the middle of a mass extinction, and it’s our fault. The rate at which we are destroying our planet is alarming.
As of now, we’ve reached the point where the extinction of more wildlife species has become an inevitability.
A recent study found that the current rate of species loss is around 1,000 times faster than the natural rate.
Yes, I know all species die off eventually — but humans have accelerated this process so much that it’s now out of control.
The main cause of this increase in extinction rates is climate change. As temperatures rise and extreme weather becomes more frequent, we’ll see more habitat destruction from fires and floods.
More importantly, however, we’re seeing less biodiversity because of how farming has changed over time.
Modern farming practices have caused habitats to shrink drastically over time as more land has been converted into crop fields and livestock ranches.
This means there’s less space for animals to live freely without interference from humans (or other animals).
Animals are especially vulnerable to climate change because they can’t adapt as quickly as we can.
Therefore, it’s so important that we fight back against climate change, which causes rising temperatures and extreme weather events like floods and droughts — all of which threaten wildlife.
Climate Change Is Increasing and Putting Animals at Risk
A lost habitat, whether it is because of deforestation, pollution, or other human activities, can be the death knell for an animal species.
This is because animals are born and die in the same small area and rarely migrate to the same place their parents came from.
Even minor changes can mean the difference between life and death — and many species have very specific habitat requirements, so even small climate changes can wreak havoc on their ability to survive.
Deforestation is a serious issue, as it is causing the destruction of millions of acres of forest around the world and has a devastating impact on endangered species.
A recent study found that climate change is speeding up, so we have to act faster than ever before if we want to save Planet Earth.
According to researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, climate change will cause many species to go extinct by 2030.
The worst part? We do not know what species are going to be affected by this phenomenon.
Researchers studied how deforestation affects animals in different ways depending on their habitat and how much time they spend outside of it.
They found that those living in tropical areas are more likely to be affected by climate change than those living in temperate areas.
“This is one of the first studies to look at how climate change might affect biodiversity globally,” said the author from UW-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). “It’s also one of the first studies that focus on how species may respond differently based on where they live.”
The good news is that many organisations are working to preserve Planet Earth’s forests and protect endangered species from extinction by educating people about environmental issues and encouraging them to support conservation efforts around the world.
Reforestation Will Be Critical to Our Future
When you think of climate change and the environment, you might think of low carbon footprints, recycling, and saving water.
Or maybe you think of the trees, animals, and resources we’re losing each year because of deforestation.
Whatever your viewpoint on climate change, there is one thing that everyone can agree on: reforestation projects will be a critical part of our future as humans.
Deforestation is one of the biggest environmental problems we face today. As we continue to clear forests at an alarming rate, climate change and habitat loss become more and more pressing problems.
Conservationists are trying to stop deforestation by replanting trees in areas affected by clearing. The new trees won’t replace the old forests for hundreds of years.
Some species of trees are more at risk than others when tropical forests are cut down.
These include hardwood trees like mahogany, teak, and ebony; fruit trees like orange; rubber plants; and other valuable timber species like rosewood and satinwood.
One example of reforestation efforts is the Great Green Wall initiative in Africa.
This project aims to plant over 1 billion trees along more than 4,300 miles of land in eleven countries on the continent’s southern border with the Sahel region.
The trees will act as a barrier against desertification and serve as windbreaks for farms and towns.
We must remember that trees are the lungs of Planet Earth.
They’re a key part of our ecosystem, and they help keep our planet’s temperature stable by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.
Rainforests May Be the Solution to Global Warming
The cause of climate change has been a topic of discussion for decades.
A large portion of the problem stems from the amount of carbon dioxide that we humans have been releasing into the environment.
While some people believe regulations are the answer, others argue that humanity’s past efforts at reducing carbon dioxide have not been successful.
Many of us have never been to rainforests, and it’s hard to imagine that these dense forests are pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and helping to reduce the problems of climate change.
The world’s tropical rainforests are critical to the health of Planet Earth. Not only do they provide habitat for many species, but they also play a major role in regulating global climate.
The forest carbon sink is an invisible but extremely beneficial side effect of rainforests that helps to reduce the effects of global warming.
When most people think of climate change, they often associate it with ice caps melting and sea levels rising.
Although this is a visible consequence of global warming, there is another major factor at play. The forest carbon sink is an invisible but extremely beneficial side effect of rainforests that helps to reduce the effects of global warming.
The forest carbon sink is a term used to describe how much CO2 forests absorb from the atmosphere over time.
The idea behind this concept is that as trees grow and die, their remains decompose and release carbon into the soil where it becomes stored in humus or other organic matter until it can be recycled back into new plant life again through photosynthesis.
This process helps keep atmospheric CO2 levels low enough for us humans to breathe without dying from oxygen deprivation!
Deforestation affects wildlife more than we would like to imagine.
Deforestation, it’s a big word with an ominous meaning. We hear about it all the time these days and tend to think of it as something that happens a long, long way from us.
And yet this is happening on our doorsteps across the globe and is affecting our wildlife more than we would like to imagine.
When we talk about the plight of endangered species, we usually think about overhunting, poaching, and other human-induced processes such as pollution and poaching.
The last thing that comes to mind is the destruction of natural habitats, which are in the startling rate of deforestation that has been taking place in many parts of the globe.
As the world population increases, we are losing even more of our natural habitat.
Each year nearly 15 million acres of land are cleared, resulting in deforestation. Deforestation has many impacts on wildlife including increased isolation and habitat fragmentation.
Understanding these effects creates hope for biodiversity conservation and restoration as well as forest restoration.
Deforestation is a global hot-button issue that has been getting lots of deserved attention. While many people feel deforestation is an environmental issue, it impacts much more than vegetation.
The most obvious victims of deforestation are the plants and animals that depend on the forests for their survival.
In addition to losing plants and animals, our forests are also losing trees that can absorb carbon dioxide (CO2 from our atmosphere and turn it into oxygen).
Trees absorb CO2 as they grow; however when they die they release CO2 back into the atmosphere where it becomes an important greenhouse gas contributing to climate change.
Deforestation is a worldwide issue contributing to climate change, wildlife extinction, loss of biodiversity and endangerment of the natural world.
If the quality of essential habitats continues to disturb wildlife species, they will need to find new places to live.
The implications of deforestation can be devastating for migratory animals like tigers, but also lower-quality habitats can even cause unwanted conflict for humans.
Tropical rainforests may feel far away, but the more we learn about their ecological importance, the better we can understand just how much we have at stake.
It’s up to us to make sure this destruction stops, and the best way we can do that is through awareness.