Amazon Rainforest Deforestation

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Environmental Science and Sustainability (SCI201 -1504A -07) Instructor: Trena Woolridge Phase 1- Discussion Board Amanda Kranning October 6, 2015 Deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest Deforestation is the destruction or clearing of forested lands for the purpose of expansion of property for agricultural reason or for harvesting. (Fearnside, 2013) The rain forests, which contain 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon, help stabilize local and global climate. Deforestation may release significant amounts of this carbon, which could have catastrophic consequences around the world. (World Wild Life, n.d.) According to WWF, there are numerous long-term environmental repercussions to the Amazon when it comes to deforestation. Specifically habitat deprivation, changes in the global climate, and loss of water cycling just to name a few. In addition to these, the number one enemy to the Amazon is the use of cattle ranching. The deforestation caused by cattle ranching is responsible for the…show more content…
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