Can our planet survive without trees?
Summer 2019 was unusually destructive and brought unprecedented heat in Europe, flash floods in the Far East, the forest fires in Siberia and the Amazon. Thus, according to official burnt forests of Siberia area is about 1, 3 million hectares. At the same time, light fires in South America are still lit, completely changing the ecosystem of the jungle and negatively affecting the planet's climate. So what happens if the planet no forests left?
During the fires in Siberia burned approximately 1, 3 million hectares of forest
What is the cause of forest fires?
Powerful wildfires swept sizzling wave of the Amazonian rain forest, taking with them what was once considered the lungs of the planet. Indeed, the share of the rain forests of the Amazon accounts for about 20% of the total production of oxygen on Earth. Cause of the fire is called the anthropogenic factor, or, to be more precise, the human impact on the environment. The fact that Brazilian farmers are still engaged in illegal land clearing for cattle grazing and buildings. To clear loggers set fire to the trees, which led to an unprecedented fire that engulfed the Amazon.
Despite this behavior, the Government of Brazil, which accounts for a large part of the Amazon jungle rain, it is not struggling with such activities. On the contrary, it encourages it.
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The fact that the policy of the current president of Brazil Jair Bolsonaru coincided with the increasing incidence of fires in rain forests. Under his leadership, the government cut spending on prevention of illegal activities in the jungle of South America. Opposition to the President believes that such a step contributes to illegal logging and burning of forests by farmers.
Thus, the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research showed very comforting data from the satellite, which demonstrated more than 72 thousand fires in the forests of South America map. The scale of the disaster suggests that the pace present territory of the rain forests in the near future threatens to turn into a desert.
The number of forest fires around the world continues to increase. Scientists believe that the reason the anthropogenic factor
What would happen if the world does not remain of the trees?
Currently the world there are about 3 trillion trees that joint efforts provide us with the necessary amount of oxygen, wood and even food. However, it is believed that during the existence of the planet people had cut down more than half the vegetation grows on the land. If we imagine that the remaining trees will be cut down at the same time, mankind still will die at once, as now in the planet's atmosphere has a small supply of oxygen. To a person could survive, it is necessary, the oxygen concentration in the air is approximately equal to 17%. Fortunately for us, the oxygen content in the atmosphere of the Earth is currently equal to 21%. In other words, before you and I will spend all the necessary oxygen should pass about 200 years.
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Despite the extra time to fix it, immediately after the disappearance of the trees will begin to destroy the Earth humans. Very become more frequent floods, happen very fast erosion of the soil, which will lead to the death of most crops. Rapid supply of water in the river will lead to the death of large numbers of plants and aquatic animals. Immediately after the floods will come drought, which will result in shortage of drinking water and a sharp decline in the flora and fauna of the planet. Is it possible to survive without trees? Maybe. But not for a very long time.