Sunday, June 8, 2008


Deforestation is the exchange of forested areas to non-forest land for use such as arable land, pasture, urban use, logged area, or wasteland. Usually, the removal or destruction of significant areas of forest cover has resulted in a degraded environment with reduced biodiversity. In many countries, huge deforestation is ongoing and is shaping climate and geography. Deforestation results from removal of trees without enough reforestation, and results in declines in habitat and biodiversity, wood for fuel and industrial use, and quality of life.

From about the mid-1800s, the planet has practiced an unprecedented rate of change of destruction of forests worldwide. Forests in Europe are harmfully affected by acid rain and very large areas of Siberia have been harvested since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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