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    • Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest
      By: Cristina Helmes
    • What is Deforestation?
      Deforestation is the process of cutting down, damaging and burning a rainforest.
    • Background
      The Amazon rainforest is a tropical rainforest located in Brazil
      It is the largest rainforest in the world-1.4 billion acres
      Home to many animals and plants
      Deforestation is an issue occurring in the Amazon rainforest right now
    • More Background
      Between May 2000 and August 2006, Brazil lost nearly 150,000 square kilometers of forest
      Since 1970, over 600,000 square kilometers of Amazon rainforest have been destroyed
    • Economic Causes
      Cattle ranching
      Logging
      Currency Devaluation
      Agriculture
      Fires
      Mining
    • Economic Effects
      Rainforest is cleared out in order to raise cattle to produce beef
      Trees are being cut down to sell as timber
      New roads are built in place of the rainforest
      The rainforest is losing its ability to stay green due to fires
      Many different species of animals are losing their habitats- can lead to extinction
      Plants are being killed
    • More Economic Effects
      Farmers are expanding their pasture areas by clearing out parts of the rainforest
      Soy bean farms are created
    • Social Causes
      Dams
      Wildfires
      Poor migrants
      Ex: the Balbina dam
    • Social Effects
      The flooding of dams destroys the rainforest
      Wildfires destroy the rainforest
      Migrants clear the land in order to claim land for themselves
    • Political Causes
      Some government agencies continue to plan and build roads
      Some government incentive programs promote agriculture
    • Political Effects
      Deforestation increases because the government is not fully caring about the harms it causes
    • Solution #1
      Law Enforcement: The government could make a law stating that a person is not allowed to cut down trees around the rainforest area, and if that person does, they will receive a fine.
      Positives: This would help preserve the environment
      Negatives: This would hurt the economy
    • Solution #2
      Government mandated school programs in the region to create further awareness.
      Positives: This will raise awareness to more people, and help prevent further destruction of the rainforest in the future.
      Negatives: This may not decrease the problem of deforestation directly.
    • Which Solution is More Effective?
      Solution #1 because something can directly be done in order to decrease deforestation.
    • Personal Involvement
    • Video
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0N8no-ql70&feature=related