Monthly Archives: May 2016

It’s Not Just The Trees

Deforestation causes problems that are not solely concerned with the trees that grow in a forest. In a forest, there is all manner of life that lives and grows. It is often ignored that within a forest, there are trees, animals and plants that all contribute to the ecosystem of the area. Destroying a forest is not just damaging because of the trees that are lost. Often, there are consequences that go far beyond what is assumed […]

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Forest Fires – A Continuing Danger

It seems as though not a summer goes by without there being a major forest fire somewhere in the world. It is perhaps hardly surprising – one of the fastest burning fuels in the world is wood, and in a forest there is a ready supply of kindling for these environmental disasters. Is enough being done to stop this happening? The causes of forest fires are somewhat varied. It is not uncommon for them to happen by […]

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Forests: A Natural Habitat

One of the more common insults thrown around with regard to environmentalists is the term “tree hugger”. The impression given by this insult is that people who are against deforestation have such a bee in their bonnet about saving trees that they do not care about living, moving creatures. The suggestion is that it would be more understandable to try and save animals than trees, so deforestation is not as big an issue as the slaughter of […]

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Why Are The Forests Disappearing?

The scale of deforestation in this world over the last few decades dwarfs that which took place in thousands of years prior to any of us being born. That this has happened during the period of time in which the environmental movement has been a going concern should be a worry to us all. Why are so many trees being cut down, even as we become more and more aware of the important part that they play […]

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What Is Sustainability?

The environment benefits from people’s actions to protect it, and the more we all do the longer our planet can continue to thrive. One of the most important things we can all do is live a more sustainable lifestyle. But what is sustainability? Our planet has suffered in recent years from the plundering of its natural resources, most usually for manufacturing. One obvious example is the cutting down of trees to make paper. The fact is that […]

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Does Planting A Tree Make Any Difference?

Well-meaning people have recently begun to do their bit to fight back against the loss of natural resources by either planting, or paying for someone else to plant, trees of their own. Aside from being one sure-fire way to earn the derision and criticism of enviro-skeptics, is this ever going to have much effect? After all, what difference does one tree make? It should be fairly clear that this is not really the right question to ask. […]

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Is Our Planet Dying?

There is, no doubt, a tendency among people to think in fairly apocalyptic terms, and to exaggerate matters in order to get more people to pay more attention. In this respect, how much attention should we pay when people assert that our planet is dying, and we will all be in trouble if we do not make changes? It is hard to say. Certainly, we have finite resources to rely on and, if we do not find […]

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The Enviro-Skeptic Movement

During the late 80s and much of the 90s, it was fashionable to be green – to the extent that it became a celebrity movement and environmentalist political parties started making big breakthroughs worldwide. Recently, it has become fashionable to reject the green message, and claim that the threat to our planet is grossly exaggerated. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the climate change debate. While environmentalists consider climate change to be man-made, a serious threat […]

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What Can One Person Do To Save Forests?

The issue of deforestation is one that is not easy to separate from emotions. When a forest is cleared, it is not only the trees that are removed from that area, but also the species of wildlife who make their home in that area. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that creeping deforestation is risking the extinction of several endangered species – and against the power of big business, it is easy to come to the […]

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Why Is Deforestation An Issue?

One of the most divisive issues facing the human race today is that of the environment. On one side of the debate there are environmentalists who feel that the planet needs all the help it can get if it is to continue supporting the ever-increasing population of the world, while on the other there are people who claim that the environmental movement is grossly exaggerating problems that are actually well within the control of society and business. […]

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