The planet was once protected with ancient forests; it has been a shelter to almost 50% of all the animals and plants confined in lands. In the above picture, you will see the deforestation trend in Borneo.
The worldwide population depends on forests for survival. The most diverse ecological units exist in these forests, and they serve essential help to our planet especially in matters regulating the climate. This is the very reason why deforestation and climate changes go hand in hand. Where deforestation is, climate alteration always follows.
Unfortunately, the forests that should be the world’s shield to climate change have been under attack. According to the World Resources Institute, more than 80 percent of the Earth’s natural forests already have been destroyed.
Everything went by in a matter of 30 years and has been driven by intentional human activity such as logging and agricultural land transformations for cattle grazing and food. The fact that deforestation is a leading cause to climate change should alert every human being in order to put to a stop to anything that may interrupt our normal ecosystem. If no action is taken we will continue to see Mother Nature respond.
Major Carbon Storehouses
It is increasingly clear that our ancient forests play a crucial role in the regulation of world climate through carbon storage and the recycling of water back into the atmosphere. It is a fact that the green areas of the earth are regulators of climate, and destruction of that area means contributing to a climate change. According to the EPA, about 17% of all carbon emissions come from deforestation. Instead of the forest protecting us from disastrous effects, man made phenomenon make them our source of devastation instead.
Full grown forests are the greatest keepers of carbon dioxide. Other “keepers” include: the earth soil, the plant life, and the smallest and biggest trees. Some popular forests such that of Congo represent one of the planet’s enormous carbon sources on land, and destruction of it may cause more greenhouse gas to get trapped in the atmosphere.
The carbon is emitted through logging, burning and rotting. If these illegal activities happen frequently and continuously in all parts of the world, then the levels of carbon trapped in our environment is exceedingly augmented.
Deforestation and Its Effect On Climate Change
When deforestation occurs, climate change begin to progress over a period of time. The gradual modification in climate shows insignificant numbers, but it affects the earth in great ways.
According to an ongoing temperature analysis conducted by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), the average global temperature on Earth has increased by about 0.8°Celsius (1.4°Fahrenheit) since 1880. Two-thirds of the warming has occurred since 1975, at a rate of roughly 0.15-0.20°C per decade.
Why is that 1 degree important? Temperature fluctuates all the time, right?
The global temperature record represents an average over the entire surface of the planet. The temperatures we experience locally and in short periods can fluctuate significantly due to cyclical events (night and day, summer and winter) and wind and precipitation patterns. But the global temperature mainly depends on how much energy the planet receives from the Sun and how much it radiates back into space—quantities that change very little. The amount of energy radiated by the Earth depends significantly on the chemical composition of the atmosphere, particularly the amount of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.
It is said that in a matter of 50 years, the world may be in an irreversible state already. If things could be prevented now, then it is highly suggested that every human take part in preserving the world.
Controlling Climate Changes
If deforestation and climate changes go together, then unbinding them would be the first step to problem solving. As more people populate Earth there is more demand for resources so it’s important that we become very smart about how we manage those resources. As consumers we play a major role in that fight. We don’t have to support companies that have unsustainable greed driven practices. Every time we spend money we vote for the world we want.
Here at the The Blue Dot Post, we are developing a short guide to help people get started with living a rainforest-healthy lifestyle. There is a lot of information out there and it can be hard to know what to do and where to turn. This is why we are going to help simplify that process. Coming soon!
We must work together collaboratively to make the scale of change we really need today.