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The Deforestation In Latin America

Aug 9, 2008
From Latin America came the topmost contributor of land scraping in the whole world. Deforestation in Latin America accounts for almost 53% of the emitted carbon dioxide in the atmospheric air. Logging in the region has become so immense that it claimed to have the highest rate in the world, and the fight of it came to be one of hardest struggles of the continent.

In over a period of 5 years, the world lost 100 hectares of the forested lands, and about half of that came from the Latin American nation. Deforestation has been quite a great toil to them and their people for years now, and it hasn't been an easy battle because economy has been playing with the nation ever since.

What makes the fight even more exhausting is that the economy of Latin America relies on its own soil for support. Not only are the Latin Americans dependent on their ecological capacity, but the neighboring nations as well. If this present trend will run continuously for a period of 30 years, the world will be totally depleted of all its natural resources.

To combat and counter the ways of deforestation, the Latin American government imposed laws which could help stop all illegal activities. However, it is still a question up to this time why the problem has not ceased for years.

Predictions For Latin America
Recently, Latin America has experienced great climactic changes, and this could have been brought only by the intense cutting of their forests and the abuse that their lands receive.

By the year 2050, these set of predictions by environmentalists and experts are set to happen globally: distribution of human diseases will be widely spread and emergence of new types of illnesses will rise, crop disease and pest will likewise rise in trend, economic activities will be severely depleted, drought and famine will be in much abundance especially in impoverished tropical countries.

Water resource will be greatly reduced, plant and animal species will decrease in variability, the ecosystem will be significantly disrupted, and melting of most of the earth's glaciers will take place.

If such events that harm nature will not be stopped, imagine what the world would be like in the coming years? Would there be something to live for by then, or are the humans about to face extinction in the next 30 years? The questions are very well dependent on humans for answers.

Key Issues Of Deforestation In Latin America
Latin America is presently facing all of these issues: gradual increase in their environmental temperature which causes much change in their climate, tropical forests especially that of the Amazon is buffeted by drought and fire occurrences, shortage in wheat yields brought about by drought and some other ecological factors.

The availability and quality of their water which once was abundant has changed, coastal areas are immensely affected through sea water level increase, infrastructure has been built all the more to counter the effects of coastal problems. Epidemics of disease have been reported; and lastly, a wide classification of plants and animals are facing extinction due to mal adaptation.

Urgent measures must be taken in saving the Latin American forests. Developmental strategies as well as firm decision makings should properly be imposed upon their people and the neighboring countries which benefit from them as well. If deforestation in Latin America prevails, the world could only promise more devastating results.
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