The death of forests

Man can damage forests either directly, through deforestation and fires, or indirectly, through some of his productive activities. Depletion is actually a crisis event of forest environments in temperate areas, whose causes are due to atmospheric pollution, especially the effect of acid rains, the removal or degradation of the woodland due to the uncontrolled development of tourist activities. A prolonged stressful situation can lead to the death of the wood, to the reduction of its specific composition (reduction of the number of its vegetal and animal species) or just to a decrease in the stability of the forest ecosystem. For many years, man has understood how important it is to have a suitable amount of healthy forests on Earth. This is why many local and international organisations have been set up to investigate the problem of deforestation and to propose techniques for the “sustainable” exploitation of forests, and have often directly undertaken to protect and treat the existing woods or to reconstruct those that have gone lost.

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