Deforestation is the permanent destruction of forests in order to make the land available for other uses. It transforms a tree-covered area to a non-forested areas for urbanization or agriculture.
Animals lose their homes, food sources, and protection when forests are destroyed. Consequently, they are often unable to survive in the land left behind. They become more accessible to hunters, causing populations to decline, and some species go extinct.
It is identified as a main threat to 85% of all threatened and endangered species. When an entire ecosystem, such as a forest, is destroyed, all of the animals that inhabit that ecosystem lose their home and their food, often killing the animal population. The violation of ecosystems by humans is a threat to endangered species.
30% of all global warming contribution and 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions are from deforestation. Forests become carbon sources when they are cut, burned or otherwise removed. Tropical forests hold more than 210 gigatons of carbon dioxide, or more than 230 billion tons! These emissions contribute to rising temperatures, changes in water patterns and an increased frequency of extreme weather.
About 17% of the Amazon Rainforest has been lost over the past half a century due to deforestation. We're losing at least 18.7 million acres of forest per year, equivalent to more than 50,000 acres every single day!
Deforestation is the process of destroying a forest by either natural causes, for expansion, or for logging and natural resource mining. It is caused from agriculture (the biggest source), loggers, and clearance for home development.