Environmentalists against Deforestation: Make a greener world

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Deforestation has a very negative impact on the environment. The most costly impact is a loss of habitat for millions of species. Eighty percent of Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests, and most can't survive the deforestation that destroys their homes. Deforestation also drives climate change. Soil in forests are full of water, but without protection from sun-blocking tree cover, they quickly dry out. Trees also help continue the water cycle by returning water vapor to the atmosphere. Without trees to fill these roles, many former forest lands can quickly become barren deserts. Removing trees deprives the forest of portions of its canopy, which blocks the sun’s rays during the day, and holds in heat at night. This disruption leads to more extreme temperature swings that can be harmful to plants and animals.
Trees also play a critical role in absorbing the greenhouse gases that fuel global warming. Fewer forests means larger amounts of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere—and increased speed and severity of global warming.