• Increase in Global warming and Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
• Tropical rainforests are disappearing causing alterations to the
• Each day at least 80,000 acres (32,300) hectares of these forests
disappear from the earth
• Ozone depletion
• Forest fires (release about 370 million tons of greenhouse gases into
the atmosphere every year)
• Deforestation rates in the Amazon Rainforests have not slowed
• Industries are over-using and over-cutting trees for prosperity and
mostly for profit
• Rapid globalization around the world is a major concern
• Increase in Supply & Demand
• Since the population around the world is constantly growing on a
daily basis, many corporations are clearing forests to build
• Poverty stricken countries give their natural resources away to earn
foreign currency to pay off loans
• Biofuels are produced from renewable resources such as: plants
and organic waste and can be used as an alternative to fossil fuels
• Palm oil plantations are posed as a major threat
• Destroying habitats of orangutans and other wildlife
• Orangutans spend about 80-90% of their time in the trees
• Demand for biofuels is on the rise
Deforestation in Brazil
Brazil looses the largest area of forest cover annually
Increase in Tropical Deforestation Around the World
Controversial Topic: Construction of the Red Hill Creek Expressway Project-
~~~ If everybody does not stay ignorant and take little steps or
solutions to prevent deforestation from occurring in the future, then
overall we all will have a better world to live in. ~~~
• Reduce wasteful land use practices
• Improve already developed lands
• Businesses and corporations have to be more aware of the effects
that deforestation causes and they have to take little initiatives to
prevent it from increasing
• Governments have to make citizens aware of the issue
• Each person can plant trees once in a while to maintain the
• Groups can be formed to decrease deforestation
• The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Global Forest Watch Canada
(GFWC) are groups that have already been formed to prevent
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researchers.” Canadian Press. 29 Dec. 2006. pg. A12
• Brummit, Chris. “Biofuel boom has hidden costs; producing palm oil for biofuels is boosting
Indonesia’s economy, but the resulting deforestation contributes to global warming and is
destroying the habitat of orangutans and other wildlife.” Record, The
(Kitchener/Cambridge/Waterloo, ON). 19 Sept. 2007. pg. A5
• Butler, Rhett. “Regional Deforestation”. Mongabay. 1994-2007. Online. Available.
• Forge, Frederic. “Biofuels- An Energy, Environmental or Agricultural Policy?”. Library of
Parliament- Parliamentary Information and Research Service. Online. Available.
• Friends of Red Hill Valley. Online. Available.
• Hagan, Kevin. “Deforestation: An International Crisis.” Online. Available.
• “Share of tropical deforestation”. Mongabay. 2000-2005. Online. Available.
• Suzuki, David. “Forest protection vital to stem Global Warming.” Western Star, The (Corner
Book,NL). 19 May. 2007. pg 12.