Animals Are Losing Their Habitat Due to Intensive Wood Production
Habitat loss is one of the greatest threats to biodiversity on the earth, identified as the main threat to 85% of all species by the IUCN’s Red List.
Read on to see the irreversible impacts of intense wood production on our environment and animals’ natural habitat.
Why is it happening?
Increasing food and wood production are the main drivers of habitat loss: forests are cut down for agricultural land expansion, intensive timber harvesting and overgrazing.
Around half of the world's forests have already disappeared, and they are still being cut down at a rate of 10 times higher than the possible level of reforestation. Each year 17 million hectares of standing trees disappear, which is clearly a dramatic loss.
If we continue to exploit forests for their rich resources, the natural habitats of 1700 species will shrink by 2070. These species will lose 30-50% of their habitat, and will therefore face the risk of extinction.
According to research, species in Central and East Africa, Mesoamerica, South America and Southeast Asia will suffer from the greatest habitat loss and extinction risk.
Such habitat loss will have irreversible impact on our ecosystem, and as the main demand that drives deforestation is timber, palm oil and soybeans production, we’re all together in it and should take responsibility for the irreversible damage.
What can you do?
You might think that you don’t have any impact on deforestation and intensive wood production but in reality we can all do something to mitigate the damage caused.
With this in our mind, we decided to plant a tree after each purchased Cliffchains necklace. Don’t forget, what you do today will determine your future.
Source: Nature Climate Change.