What is deforestation? How does it lead to global warming?

Deforestation is the removal or the clearance of forests for their non-forest use or urbanization. Examples of deforestation include conversion of forestlands to ranches, farms, mining for coal or for building cities.  Trees play a huge role in the carbon cycle. They convert the CO2 in the air to oxygen, through the process of photosynthesis, and in this way, they can be looked at as a natural regulator of carbon dioxide. Trees help in the reducing CO2 and increasing oxygen in the atmosphere. The removal of trees is causing an increase in CO2 which in turn is leading to global warming.

published date:May 25, 2014
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