Our footprint is mainly linked to soya grown to feed British reared animals. Trees absorb and store carbon dioxide. Land use changes, especially in the form of deforestation, are the second largest anthropogenic source of atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions, after fossil fuel combustion. And we urgently need your help. membership@ran.org. It’s just not sustainable, or very smart – for wildlife, for people, or for the climate. But research has revealed that deforestation is one of its major causes. There’s simply no way we can fight the climate crisis if we don’t stop deforestation. If it were a country it would rank 3rd in CO2 emissions, after China and the US. Deforestation & the Effects It Has on a Global Scale. And how does it relate to global warming? We know that transportation and power generation are great emitters of greenhouse gases. Forests have a big influence on rainfall patterns, water and soil quality and flood prevention too. Deforestation is a primary contributor to climate change. We’ve had our successes, but the challenges keep growing too. Without action to end deforestation we have little or no chance of meeting global warming targets with catastrophic consequences for people, particularly the poorest who contributed least to emissions. So why are global leaders turning a blind eye to this crisis? Before you can accurately understand the importance of reforestation, we have to talk about deforestation and how it harms the environment and contributes to global warming. So the chicken and bacon in our shops may well be unwittingly contributing to global deforestation. And the fastest rate of forest destruction has been in the past couple of centuries. It is believed that the use of fossil fuels and the burning of oil and gas cause global warming. Our focus right now, based on our expert research, is with 11 ‘deforestation fronts’ around the world – particularly precious and vulnerable forests where we can predict and prevent the worst damage over the coming years. In 2014, dozens of high-profile firms signed up to our Forest Campaign, including Argos, B&Q, Carillion, M&S, Penguin Random House and Sainsbury’s. It is true that pollution caused by the burning of oil and gas and the release of pollutants causes global warming. Years of committed work by environmental campaigners, politicians and businesses is starting to pay off, but there’s lots more to do. Adopt an animal today and help protect some of our most endangered wildlife and support other vital work around our planet. All to meet the insatiable global demand for cheap meat. Carbon emissions from deforestation far outstrip damage caused by planes and automobiles and factories. Forest loss and damage is the cause of around 10% of global warming. The build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is driving global warming, as it traps heat in the lower atmosphere. Up to 15 billion trees are now being cut down every year across the world. Forest loss and damage is the cause of around 10% of global warming. As well as being stunningly beautiful, forests are vital for the health of our planet. You can unsubscribe at any time. Trees absorb and store carbon dioxide. But have a look at this article from Daniel Howden, via The Independent, where he pulls information from research done by the Oxford-based Global Canopy Program and others to show that by preserving forests we are not only reducing atmospheric carbon, but that we are preventing the greatest CO2 emissions possible. And of course you can help by being part of our global campaign to stop deforestation and restore our forests and jungles. Learn about the impact and consequences of climate change and global warming for the environment and our lives. The planet is warming… The majority of the deforestation is linked to  meat, soya and palm oil. For instance, choose recycled paper products and look for the FSC ‘tick-tree’ logo when you’re shopping. There’s only about half the number of trees on the planet today that there were when humans first evolved. Ah, deforestation does contribute to global warming. Most deforestation is carried out to clear land for food production. This is one of the reasons we have global warming. We help reduce forest damage in a number of ways. We need to protect forests now more than ever. Huge swathes of tropical forest are removed so the land can be used for growing soya to feed farm animals like pigs and poultry. Deforestation by burning, a widespread practice in the world’s tropical rain forests, adversely impacts the trace-gas composition of the atmosphere in two different ways. By Daniel Howden – Published: 14 May 2007 Online article here. Stopping the loggers is the fastest and cheapest solution to climate change. There’s simply no way we can fight the climate crisis if we don’t stop deforestation. Deforestation around the world—especially in tropical areas like the Amazon rainforest—are a significant contributor to climate change. It includes forests in Africa, Australia, Latin America and South-east Asia. But since then deforestation has been on the increase, with the highest rate of deforestation in a decade recorded in 2018. Even though the damage is mainly done to tropical forests, the causes can be linked to eating habits all around the world – including here in the UK. Deforestation accounts for 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. We mean natural, noisy forests that were full of life, and home to threatened species such as orangutans and jaguars. First, the burning of the tropical forests produces large amounts of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, and other trace gases that are products when biomass burns. Our ambitious plans aren’t just aimed at preventing destruction, but also at ‘reforesting’ – restoring or replanting forests that have been damaged or lost. But the risks from deforestation go even wider. Forest destruction is a crisis for the whole planet. Rainforest Action Network is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation (tax ID number 94-3045180). www.pexel.com Deforestation is among the leading causes of manmade climate change, and continuing on this path will only accelerate the process. This project will restore 5.2 million hectares of forest in Tanzania by 2030. Deforestation: The hidden cause of global warming In the next 24 hours, deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York. But your diet has the biggest impact. But the risks from deforestation go even wider. In almost every case, land use changes -- say, deforestation, or paving over green space for suburban expansion -- result in more surface warming. If forests are cleared, or even disturbed, they release carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. We’re initiating new projects, supporting existing ones and bringing the right funding to the right action in the right place. Greenhouse gases are emitted during combustion of forest biomass and decomposition of remaining plant material and soil carbon. Millions of people rely directly on forests as their home or for making a living. Join us and you can help stop the illegal wildlife trade and tackle other threats facing our natural world. This is not a new thing – for instance in the UK we largely cleared our natural forests centuries ago to create more agricultural land. And we’re not including commercially grown trees and plantations. Plus we helped bring in legislation to prevent illegal timber being sold in the UK. Deforestation does contribute to global warming, so it actually is one reason for global warming. And experiment with plant-based ingredients instead – there are plenty of new, innovative alternatives on offer now. Deforestation affects us all, whether we realise it or not. We helped reduce deforestation in the Amazon by 75% between 2004 and 2012. We’re known for our work with industry and the public to promote more sustainable use of the world’s forests. View our Cookie Policy for more information, Sign up to get the latest WWF news delivered straight to your inbox. Deforestation is the "permanent removal of standing forests," as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines it.