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Why are Oil and Gas Companies Investing in Forests?

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As climate change and air pollution become growing public concerns, several oil and gas companies have started investing in forest restoration. But, critics say this is ‘greenwashing’ and won’t work. The companies say that they are merely trying to protect the environment and invest in sustainability. Who is right? Does it matter if fossil fuel […]

Why is Deforestation Bad?

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In August 2019, after an alarming surge of forest wildfires in Brazil, a global outcry prompted world leaders to grapple with why deforestation is bad for our planet. It is a trend that we rapidly need to reverse. 3 reasons why deforestation is bad Deforestation refers to the clearing of large numbers of trees to […]

The Impact of Deforestation on the Environment

The Impact of Deforestation on the Environment

Deforestation refers to the removal of trees from an area that is then converted for other purposes. Every second since 2016, a football pitch of forest has been lost around the world. Expanding agriculture is largely responsible. Clearing space for grazing cattle or planting crops accounts for 80 per cent of deforestation. The impact that deforestation […]

Types of Deforestation: Forms, Causes & Consequences

Deforested land

There are various types and causes of deforestation. Deforestation is the permanent removal or thinning of forests by humans. It is responsible for 10 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions. Not only does it release large quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2), it also destroys complex ecosystems. Modern rates of deforestation compare to one football […]

Climate Change Infographic

aerial view of forest

The following climate change infographic demonstrates how deforestation is a key driver of climate change.  Deforestation is responsible for about 10 per cent of all global emissions. Trees absorb and store carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere as they grow. They can sequester this greenhouse gas for centuries. By removing it from the atmosphere, they […]

Deforestation Facts for Kids

Forest and river

What is deforestation? Deforestation is the cutting down of trees and other plants in order to use the land for other uses. Every minute, an area the size of 30 football pitches of forest is cleared. What do you think will happen if this continues? Read on to discover more deforestation facts for kids. Deforestation facts […]

Deforestation Carbon Emissions: What’s the link?

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Deforestation and carbon emissions go hand in hand. Forests act as carbon sinks, meaning they draw down carbon dioxide from the air2. So, due to the clearing or burning of forests around the world, the amount of carbon dioxide in the air is going up. Not only is the release of stored carbon into the […]

Canadian Deforestation and Its Global Effect

Canadian deforestation

The Canadian forest is threatened by deforestation. For that reason, it is known as the Amazon of the North. Canada has 347 million hectares (Mha) of forest1. The definition of deforestation is the clearing of forests by humans to change the land-use2. The Canadian boreal’s importance to the global climate 77% of Canada’s forests are […]