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  1. 1. Is the World in Grave Danger?
  2. 2. <ul><li>Increase in Global warming and Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions </li></ul><ul><li>Tropical rainforests are disappearing causing alterations to the climate </li></ul><ul><li>Each day at least 80,000 acres (32,300) hectares of these forests disappear from the earth </li></ul><ul><li>Ozone depletion </li></ul><ul><li>Forest fires (release about 370 million tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere every year) </li></ul><ul><li>Deforestation rates in the Amazon Rainforests have not slowed </li></ul>Environmental Implications
  3. 3. Economic Implications <ul><li>Industries are over-using and over-cutting trees for prosperity and mostly for profit </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid globalization around the world is a major concern </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in Supply & Demand </li></ul><ul><li>Since the population around the world is constantly growing on a daily basis, many corporations are clearing forests to build infrastructures </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty stricken countries give their natural resources away to earn foreign currency to pay off loans </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Biofuels are produced from renewable resources such as: plants and organic waste and can be used as an alternative to fossil fuels </li></ul><ul><li>Palm oil plantations are posed as a major threat </li></ul><ul><li>Destroying habitats of orangutans and other wildlife </li></ul><ul><li>Orangutans spend about 80-90% of their time in the trees </li></ul><ul><li>Demand for biofuels is on the rise </li></ul>Plantations & Biofuels
  5. 5. Deforestation in Brazil <ul><li>Brazil looses the largest area of forest cover annually </li></ul>
  6. 6. Increase in Tropical Deforestation Around the World
  7. 7. Controversial Topic: Construction of the Red Hill Creek Expressway Project- Hamilton, Ontario
  8. 8. Major Deforestation in Brazil
  9. 9. <ul><li>~~~ 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. ~~~ </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce wasteful land use practices </li></ul><ul><li>Improve already developed lands </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Governments have to make citizens aware of the issue </li></ul><ul><li>Each person can plant trees once in a while to maintain the ecosystem </li></ul><ul><li>Groups can be formed to decrease deforestation </li></ul><ul><li>The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Global Forest Watch Canada (GFWC) are groups that have already been formed to prevent deforestation </li></ul>Possible Solutions
  10. 10. References <ul><li>“ A World Imperiled: Forces behind forest loss.” Mongabay . Online. Available. </li></ul><ul><li>Astor, Michael. “Global Warming could transform Amazon into savanna in 100 years: researchers.” Canadian Press. 29 Dec. 2006. pg. A12 </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Butler, Rhett. “Regional Deforestation”. Mongabay. 1994-2007. Online. Available. </li></ul><ul><li>Forge, Frederic. “Biofuels- An Energy, Environmental or Agricultural Policy?”. Library of Parliament- Parliamentary Information and Research Service . Online. Available. </li></ul><ul><li>Friends of Red Hill Valley. Online. Available. </li></ul><ul><li>Hagan, Kevin. “Deforestation: An International Crisis.” Online. Available. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Share of tropical deforestation”. Mongabay . 2000-2005. Online. Available. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Suzuki, David. “Forest protection vital to stem Global Warming.” Western Star, The (Corner Book,NL). 19 May. 2007. pg 12. </li></ul>