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

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