Asked by: Raymonde Beriayn
asked in category: General Last Updated: 1st April, 2020

What are the main causes of deforestation in the Amazon?

In the Amazon, industrial-scale cattle ranching and soybean production for world markets are increasingly important causes of deforestation, and in Indonesia, the conversion of tropical forest to commercial palm tree plantations to produce bio-fuels for export is a major cause of deforestation on Borneo and Sumatra.

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Correspondingly, what are the main causes of deforestation?

Deforestation causes can either be direct or indirect. Among direct causes are: Natural causes as hurricanes, fires, parasites and floods. Human activities as agricultural expansion, cattle breeding, timber extraction, mining, oil extraction, dam construction and infrastructure development.

Secondly, what are the causes and effects of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest? Forest loss is often caused by climate change. Tropical rainforests are extremely humid due to the water vapor released along with the oxygen. But when a forest is cut down, the humidity levels decrease and causes the remaining plants to dry out. For example, drying out our tropical rainforests increases fire damage.

Furthermore, who is causing deforestation in the Amazon?

Cattle ranching is the leading cause of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. In Brazil, this has been the case since at least the 1970s: government figures attributed 38 percent of deforestation from 1966-1975 to large-scale cattle ranching. Today the figure in Brazil is closer to 70 percent.

How can we help deforestation in the Amazon?

7 steps you can take to help save the Amazon and the world's rainforests, from the Rainforest Action Network.

  1. 1) Reduce your paper and wood consumption.
  2. 2) Reduce your oil consumption.
  3. 3) Reduce your beef consumption.
  4. 4) Hold businesses accountable.
  5. 5) Invest in rainforest communities.
  6. 6) Support the grassroots.

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