Using your phone's internet browser
go to:  qna.rediff.com
Click and drag this link to
the Home icon in your browser.
Q.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of deforestation ?

Tags: environment, technology
Asked by jafar, 02 Mar '13 01:27 am
  Invite a friend  |  
  Save  |  
 Earn 10 points for answering
Answer this question  Earn 10 points for answering    
4000 characters remaining  
  
    
Keep me signed inNew User? Sign up

Answers (3)

1.

Advantages:
1. Deforestation provides the materials for various industries, such as logs for the logging industry and trees for the paper industry. The forest products industry is a large part of the economy in both developed and developing countries.
2. It opens more job opportunities for people in the lumbar industry besides Wood cutters , there are those who work in processing plants to make glue from wood sap, process pulp into paper, and others.
3. Cutting down trees provides charcoal, a source of energy.

Disadvantages:

1. Deforestation destroys the habitats of millions of species of plants and animals that will need the areas of forest to survive. Thus, it may lead to the extinction of these species, causing havoc in the biological food chains and the delicate balance of the ecosystem of these areas.
2. Deforestation leaves the soil bare to erosion and leaching (the depletion of nutrients in the soil). Thus, over time the soil will lose ...more
Answered by LIPSIKA, 02 Mar '13 05:48 am

 
  
Report abuse
Useful
 (2)
Not Useful
 (0)
Your vote on this answer has already been received
 
2.

Deforestation has many negative effects on the environment. The most dramatic impact is a loss of habitat for millions of species. Seventy percent of Earths land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes.

Deforestation also drives climate change. Forest soils are moist, but without protection from sun-blocking tree cover they quickly dry out. Trees also help perpetuate the water cycle by returning water vapor back into the atmosphere. Without trees to fill these roles, many former forest lands can quickly become barren deserts.

Removing trees deprives the forest of portions of its canopy, which blocks the suns rays during the day and holds in heat at night. This disruption leads to more extreme temperatures swings that can be harmful to plants and animals.

Trees play a critical role in absorbing the greenhouse gases that fuel global warming. Fewer forests means larger amounts of greenhouse gases entering the atmos ...more
Source: Google
Answered by nemi jain, 02 Mar '13 09:33 am

 
  
Report abuse
Useful
 (1)
Not Useful
 (0)
Your vote on this answer has already been received
3.

Advantages:
- Deforestation provides the materials for various industries, such as logs for the logging industry, as well as trees for the paper industry. Thus it supports the economies which rely on these industries. I'm guessing you know the benefits of a strong economy.
- Cutting down trees provides charcoal, a source of energy. Hati is one such country which relies heavily on charcoal, and also suffers from severe deforestation.

Disadvantages:
- Deforestation destroys the habitats of millions of species of plants and animals that will need the areas of forest to survive. Thus, it may lead to the extinction of these species, causing havoc in the biological food chains and the delicate balance of the ecosystem of these areas.
- Deforestation leaves the soil bare to erosion and leaching (the depletion of nutrients in the soil). Thus, over time the soil will lose its fertility, and eventually desertification may occur in the area that was once covered by trees.
- The removal of ...more
Answered by Quest, 02 Mar '13 11:34 am

 
  
Report abuse
Useful
 (1)
Not Useful
 (0)
Your vote on this answer has already been received

Ask a Question

Get answers from the community

600 characters remaining