The problem and the solution to rainforest destruction are both economic. Although one-third of the world’s trees still grow in the Brazillian rainforest, their numbers are being sharply diminished due to deforestation. The causes of deforestation are very complicated. A competitive economy forces the want for money in poorer LEDC’S. Brazil sells logging concessions to raise
Our Planet is doomed to Extinction Norman Myers wrote this shocking article “Tropical Forests and their Species” to inform people of what is happening to our planet. Our planet is doomed to extinction because the human race is thinking only of economic benefits. Draining, bulldozing and paving the land for housing complexes, roads and malls all destroy wildlife habitat. In “Tropical Forests and their species” Myers stated, “Of all species that have ever existed, possibly half a billion or more, there now remain only a few million. But the natural background rate of extinction during the past 600 million years, the period of major life, has been on the order of only one species every year or so.
Give details about the sources, time scale, and types of change. The biggest change that is happening in Madagascar that is posing challenges to Lemurs in Madagascar is the deforestation of the rain forest. The reason this is a challenge is it disrupts the economic system, its home, and the food supply. The Tropical Rain Forest is the Biomes in Madagascar. There is no real 0domination of one particular species in the Rain Forest and the Trees are typical evergreen trees.
The mountain pine beetle epidemic is causing environmental and social impacts to much of British Columbia. Our forests are very important and will no longer be able to maintain their role if changes are not made. The devastation has had a sweeping impact on B.C.’s ecological, and economical well-being. Additionally, recent studies are drawing attention to the carbon-emitting properties of the dead forests, which is a global concern. A popular misconception developed that the current provincial mountain pine beetle epidemic began in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.
In order for us, the consumers, to get all of our fancy products and up-to-date technologies, a process that we turn a blind eye to takes place. At the source of the process, there is natural resource exploitation. “We chop down the trees, blow up mountains to get the metals inside, use up all the water, and wipe out all the animals.” As consumers, we are running out of resources because we have too much stuff! In the past three decades alone, one third of the planet’s natural resource space has been consumed. We are undermining the planets very ability for people to live here.
Suzuki concludes that the war metaphor is appropriate because developed countries as a collective entity are the main cause of the devastating environmental crises around the world. For example, Industrialized nations are using a lot of the earth’s natural resources for personal gain and profits and because of this blatant exploitation of resources. Many citizens in third world countries are living sub standard lives and are unable to get sufficient resources to live. David Suzuki states that even though industrialized nations only account for about 20 percent of the population they are surprisingly consuming eighty per cent of the planets resource and also generate most of its industrial toxins and wastes. This fact proves that the industrialized
The main way these creatures damage the economy is through chipping bark from trees, thus suppressing the forests ability to naturally regenerate (Kenward and Holm, 1993; Bertolino and Genovesi, 2003; Bertolino, 2008). All this stripping forces the government to pay for damaged property and invest in timber protection programs. Some records state that grey squirrels cost the timber industries in the UK and Ireland over €20 million each year. Additionally, the replacement trees that are funded by grants also become destroyed, and must be payed for at an additional cost to each taxpayer in Ireland (Huxley 2003). Aside from bark stripping, these invasive species also cost the Irish economy millions as they destroy insulation, wires, and stored goods.
Hedges and Sacco report that over five hundred mountaintops have been blown up in West Virginia, while the underlying carbons seems are gouged away by huge machines that only require a few workers. The people of West Virginia have poor lifestyles while they suffer the consequences of the coal mining: cancer. The resources of this land are exploited, as well as the people, which will eventually lead to their extinction. Sacco and Hedges focus on coal mining’s economic, social and environmental effects. They give an example of the Easter Island and the abundance of freshwater and woods, “seafood was plentiful” (150).
Another big effect of deforestation is the fact that it causes soil erosion. It is estimated that 15,000 acres of topsoil are washed away each year. Which lowers the productivity of the land so it can't be used for growing crops or anything. In 1999 the government of Haiti tried to limit this deforestation, by developing a 15-year Environment Action plan, this plan proposed to by trying to develop an alternative fuel source. The plan is failing due to political instability and lack of