There is high deforestation in the United States. There are many causes to deforestation both in the United States, as well as in other countries. Many of them include money. Many individuals living in highly forested areas are convinced by substantial of money for the logging rights to their land. This occurs in all locations of the United States.

Brazil have a very high deforestation. Cattle ranching is the leading cause of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. In Brazil, this has been the case since at least the 1970s: government figures attributed 38 percent of deforestation from 1966-1975 to large-scale cattle ranching. 70% of formerly forested land in the Amazon, and 91% of land deforested since 1970, is used for livestock pasture.The removal of forest to make way for cattle ranching was the leading cause of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon from the mid-1960s.

Who might benefit from deforestation you might ask? Deforestation to clear land for cattle ranching or agriculture often provides a short-term jolt to the local economy as new resources lure investment dollars and development, including new roads. But once the timber disappears, the loggers move on, and the soil is depleted, the quality of life soon falls back below the national average, researchers concluded after an analysis of life expectancy, income, and education data from 286 Brazilian communities. To make more land available for housing and urbanization. To harvest timber to create commercial items such as paper, furniture and homes. To create ingredients that are highly prized consumers items such as the oil from palm trees.

The effects of deforestation causes loss of species seventy percent of the world’s plants and animals live in forests and are losing their habitats to deforestation. Also the water cycle, trees are important to the water cycle. They absorb rain fall and produce water vapor that is released into the atmosphere. Another one is soil erosion, tree roots anchor the soil. Without trees, the soil is free to wash or blow away, which can lead to vegetation growth problems.

Brazil also plans to expand renewable energy sources other than hydropower to between 28% and 33% of its total energy mix by 2030. And in the electricity sector, the US and Brazil jointly announced intentions to increase their share of renewable, non-hydropower sources to 20% by 2030.

There are trees called rubber trees that are being planted. In the wild, the rubber tree will grow to heights of 100 to 130 feet, and can live up to 100 years. Its most famous feature is the milky white sap, known as latex, which flows freely from the tree when a sliver of bark is removed. A rubber tree, also referred to as rubber wood, can be tapped for latex once it reaches approximately six years of age. In order to reproduce, the fruit of the rubber wood burst open when ripe, scattering its many seeds in an area spanning up to 100 feet from the tree.

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