Forests are necessary for our existence on many levels, from the oxygen we breathe to the timber we consume. Around 1 billion people worldwide live in or near forests and depend on them for food, housing, and a living. They are also home to more than half of the world's land-based animal species. Forests are the greatest carbon storage areas after oceans, making them essential in the battle against the climate problem.
The deliberate clearance of wooded terrain is known as deforestation. Forests have been cleared throughout history and into the present era to make room for agriculture and animal grazing as well as to gather wood for fuel, manufacture, and construction.
More than half of all deforestation is caused by farming, cattle grazing, mining, and drilling. The remaining factors are caused by wildfires, forestry practices, and to a lesser extent, urbanisation. To create room for the production of palm oil, forests are also cleared. The world's logging operations, which produce wood and paper goods, also cut down countless trees annually. Roads are also constructed by loggers, some of whom are doing so illegally, to reach farther-flung woods, which results in further destruction. When land is developed for residences as a result of expanding urban expansion, forests are also being chopped down. Not all forest destruction is done on purpose. Part of it is brought on by a mix of human and natural causes, such as overgrazing and wildfires, which may stunt the growth of young trees.
We should care about it and try to stop deforestation as it has an impact on our future. No trees means only carbon dioxide and no oxygen. Without oxygen, all Earth's inhabitants, including people, animals, and plants, would perish. The weather would alter. If the environment were harsher, you wouldn't enjoy your life. The absence of winter, glaciers, polar wildlife, low oxygen levels around us, woods, etc. There will be no winter sports or games if there is no snow. There won't be any living things left on the planet soon. Without life, our planet will be lost.
Overall, forests are essential for our existence, providing oxygen, food, housing, and a living. They are also great carbon storage areas. They are essential against the climate problem. Then comes Deforestation which is caused by farming, cattle grazing, mining and urbanisation. Logging operations, which produce wood and paper goods, also cut down countless trees annually. Roads are also constructed by loggers. Not all forest destruction is done on purpose, as it is brought on by a mix of human and natural causes. We should care about it and try to stop deforestation. Without life, our planet will be lost.
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