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Deforestation

Should deforestation of the rainforests get as much public attention as global warming?
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    Oct 25, 2009 7:55 PM (in response to jeremyhucker)
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    Dear Jeremy Hucker

    Yes, I think Deforestation should have as much public attention as Global Warmingas it is a contributor to Global Warming.

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    Oct 27, 2009 10:51 AM (in response to jeremyhucker)
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    As isadora points out deforestation is almost certainly a major contributing factor to the hypothesis that is global warming. I say hypothesis as there remains much speculation and conjecture. We are witnessing quite rapid shifts in climate but the science community is still debating which particular scenario to hang its hat on, although this is somewhat based on whether these are cyclical changes or truly a man made catastrophe in the making.

    Good old fashioned pollution itself of course has also been implicated in die back of tree crowns and the death of large tracts of forests and it is likely that mankind is both poisoning and thrashing its very life giving lungs into oblivion. Perhaps what we are witnessing presently is akin to a smokers cough and time enough remains to medicate and remedy this. I guess the more important question is how we both reduce potential damaging emissions on a global scale and halt deforestation. I doubt that there is much further mileage in appealing to the relatively deprived owners of the Amazon rainforest that we are all doomed if they continue to slash and burn their forests at the same rate as the developed world did for decade upon decade - as it is dashed irresponsible of them. If it matters so much, and there is little doubt that it does, the solution is surely to simply pay them the going rate to leave well alone. Though not glibly through eco tourism but rather through weighting a litre of oxygen equal to a litre of unleaded petrol. If we paid these intrinsically poor people to live like kings, in the same way that we support the livelihoods of the middle eastern oil sheiks, then I believe they would surely step back and have greater appreciation and respect for their cash cow. Surely the solution is quite simple - any alternative has to be more lucrative to the owners of these forests than razing them to the ground and growing beans for a few years.

     

    Hmm, swapping your cow for beans - a familiar tale indeed. Perhaps we should heed the moral of the pantomime.   

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    Nov 6, 2009 5:21 PM (in response to jeremyhucker)
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    Hi,

     

    I think that it should because we need trees to breathe.If we didn't have them the co2 wouldn't be used and oxygen wouldn't be produced.

     

                                                                Spitfire

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    May 4, 2010 10:41 AM (in response to jeremyhucker)
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    Definetly, more species have been pushed to near-extinction by deforestation at the moment than global warming.

     

    We should let the forests regenerate!

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    May 9, 2011 7:31 PM (in response to jeremyhucker)
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    Certainly! We need the world to know what's going on everywhere to do with these things!
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    Sep 7, 2011 5:38 AM (in response to jeremyhucker)
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    Almost certainly. And perhaps they should each have increased awareness and support to stop them as both are things which could potentially have disastrous consequences for us all. And it should be noted that it is not just rainforests in the amazon being destroyed- though these are the most notable, indeed- but forests across the globe, such as those in India and many other developing countries, that are being lost at alarming rates. We should ban/ charge extortionate taxes for companies using wood/timber/paper (etc.) from non-recycled or non FSC certified unsustainable sources, quite frankly. Perhaps, with a great enough comeback of forests, we can help curb the effects of Climate Change?
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