Onyemachi, Felix C .
Deforestation:Human activity that harms the environment.
Humans occupy a unique position with respect to other animal species, largely as a result of the dramatic expansion of their intellectual powers during evolution. Humans’ unique intelligence has led, amongst other things, to the ability to enquire and investigate, to remember and reason, to design and invent, and to produce plans in the abstract. As a result, humans have fashioned increasingly sophisticated tools, and have passed on their knowledge, skills and attitudes from generation to generation. Taken together, these developments have given humans immense powers over the world around them.
One of the natural resources that has been subjected and ruined by man is our Tropical rain forests. These forests are seen as a valuable resource for timber, wood pulp and fuel (for which the forests are being cleared), and for fodder, fruits, game, chemicals, dyes, drugs and oils (for which forests are preserved).
Today, the rain forests are being cleared at an alarming rate. The reasons for the destruction of natural forests are various. They include:
the release of valuable timber for sale as a realizable asset to meet the costs of imports, including oil:
the freeing of land for alternative uses, including stock, rearing, arable cropping or the planting of fast-growing species such as conifers, eucalyptus or rubber trees:
clearing land for roads, housing, industrial estates:
supplying firewood as a fuel.
Human activities are changing the environment worldwide in dramatic and far-reaching ways. Deforestation is currently a major cause for concern but it is not a new problem nor is it a threat to the existence of tropical rain forests alone. It is a far more extensive phenomenon.
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Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Location: Boulevard A/Hilton
Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
Time: 8:30 AM