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Deforestation brings about more harm than benefits to humans. Using the studies you have made, to what extent do you agree with the statement?

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"Deforestation brings about more harm than benefits to humans." Using the studies you have made, to what extent do you agree with the statement? Deforestation is the permanent clearing in area covered by forest due to human expansion in infrastructures and activities. There are many harms and benefits that deforestations and we would explore the different harms and benefits using Kalimantan. It has been experiencing a rapid deforestation for the last 25 years thus it would be an excellent case study. Thus, I agree to a large an extent that deforestation leads to change in quality of water and changes in the quality of air. However, it also increases the increase the land use for plantations or agricultural practices. Deforestation is harmful to humans as it causes the change in quantity of water. When trees and plants are removed, less transpiration takes place thus it would lead to a lower humidity level in the atmosphere which in turn leads to the reduction of cloud formation hence resulting in lower rainfall. The lack of rainfall would mean that there would be shortage of water or a lower quantity of water. ...read more.


It also cause the everyday outdoor activities to stop and it has even adversely affect the tourism industry in the Southeast Asian region as flights were cancelled due to the poor visibility and tourists avoided visiting the region in 1997-1998 thus affecting businesses that relies on tourism as well. However, deforestation also brings some benefits to humans as parts of the rainforest have been cleared to support industrial activities. Forests are rich in natural resources such as wood and minerals, and the demand for such resources had led to the destruction of the forests. Trees are also cut down and sold as timber and over 1656 square kilometers of forest has been estimated to be lost annually through logging. In addition, a number of minerals such as gold, silver and lead are found in the ground underneath the Kalimantan rainforests. These minerals are extracted through mining. After all, when the mining company discovers minerals in the ground, it will have to clear the vegetation to expose the ground underneath. Machinery is then used to dig up the ground and mounds of loose soil. ...read more.


Furthermore, too much water would lead to flooding in human populated areas such as plantation or cities would cause great damages to human property, huge losses would be sustained by humans and lives could be lost. Therefore, deforestation causes not only economic impact on society, it also brings starvation and great damages to humans thus the scale of impact would be the second-greatest. Finally, the last and only factor of benefit to humans as deforestation allows humans to support industrial activities. Even though the forest allows us to extract precious resources and minerals, they are non-renewable resource as precious metal would in the future run out. If the current rates of deforestation continue on, the benefits of the forest providing important substances such as cures would be lost and cannot be recovered. Thus, the support that deforestation would give for the development would quickly end due to the high rates of deforestation. Thus, this benefit is only short term and it would give way to harm due to the lack of forests thus it benefits humans the least as compared to the other two harms of deforestation. Done by Benjamin Lim 2D ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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