de·for·es·ta·tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌfȯr-ə-ˈstā-shən , -ˌfär- \

Definition of deforestation 

: the action or process of clearing of forests also : the state of having been cleared of forests

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deforest \(ˈ)dē-ˈfȯr-əst, -ˈfär- \ transitive verb

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the deforestation of the island

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Until exposed by modern deforestation, they had been concealed for centuries by the surrounding rainforest. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Satellites Reveal Ancient Civilization Beneath the Amazon Rainforest," 27 Mar. 2018 According to The Guardian’s Ian Sample, orangutan populations in areas affected by deforestation fell by up to 75 percent. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Borneo’s Orangutan Population Plummeted by Half in 16 Years," 17 Feb. 2018 Despite efforts to reduce tropical deforestation, tree cover loss has nearly doubled over the past 15 years. National Geographic, "Tropical Forest Loss Slowed in 2017—To the Second Worst Total Ever," 27 June 2018 And a wave of deforestation near Chang’an late in China’s Imperial period would have put serious pressure on gibbon populations. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Extinct gibbon in ancient Chinese tomb hints at other lost primate species," 22 June 2018 Meanwhile, the rate of deforestation in the Amazon retreated last year after two years of increases. ___ Sarah DiLorenzo reported from Sao Paulo. Associated Press video journalist Eduardo Duwe contributed from Brasilia, Brazil. Fox News, "Brazil's indigenous protest to defend their rights, lands," 26 Apr. 2018 Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos acknowledged that the rebels’ retreat was partially responsible for deforestation in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday. Washington Post, "Tropical forests see high loss of tree cover for 2nd year," 27 June 2018 More than one-quarter of all the CO2 that humans have contributed to the atmosphere since 1870 has come from deforestation and degradation of forests. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "The World’s Wilderness: Going, Going and Soon Gone?," 4 Apr. 2018 Similarly, the prince’s foundation has worked to protect bluefin tuna, monitor the Mediterranean, and stop deforestation worldwide. Amelia Nierenberg,, "Royalty comes to Woods Hole on a mission to protect world’s oceans," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of deforestation

1874, in the meaning defined above

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: the act or result of cutting down or burning all the trees in an area

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