Deforestation consequences

Forests play a crucial role for the water cycle and deforestation entails climatic imbalances both at a global and local level as it influences the composition of the atmosphere and, as a consequence, also has an impact on the greenhouse effect. Forests, infact, have an important role to play for air and climate. Every tree produces, on average, 20-30 litres of oxygen per day. In particular, a virgin tropical forest produces about 28 tons of oxygen per hectare every year, equivalent to a total of 15,300 million tons per year. On the contrary, forest destruction caused by fires to create areas for agriculture and cattle breeding, burns oxygen and releases in the atmosphere carbon dioxide which has been stored by trees during their whole life cycle in the form of wood and vegetation. Deforestation is responsible for about a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions and is, indeed, one of the major causes of carbon release in the atmosphere.

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