Essay On Deforestation

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According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), deforestation is the process whereby natural forests are cleared through logging and/or burning, either to use the timber or to replace the area for alternative uses. The extent of deforestation is alarming, with the world losing an equivalent of 36 football fields worth of forests per minute. It causes roughly as much emissions as the all the world’s cars, planes, ships and trains added up.
Governments have put in place efforts to tackle this problem, but global deforestation continues to be a pressing issue and this could be due to the lack of political will to enforce relevant anti-deforestation measures, prevalence of illegal logging activities as well as the financial incapability of countries
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