deforestation

noun

de·​for·​es·​ta·​tion (ˌ)dē-ˌfȯr-ə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce deforestation (audio)
-ˌfär-
: the action or process of clearing of forests
also : the state of having been cleared of forests

Examples of deforestation in a Sentence

the deforestation of the island
Recent Examples on the Web Though the country remains rich in biodiversity, Madagascar’s 927 square miles of coral reefs have been subject to coral bleaching, overfishing, and sedimentation from deforestation since the 1980s. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Apr. 2024 In its annual 2022 survey, the World Resources Institute found that Malaysia was one of the few places where deforestation did not get worse. Patricia Cohen Jes Aznar, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024 Indeed, local communities and NGOs in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru are fighting Chinese companies, citing deforestation, water pollution, environmental degradation, and poor working conditions in their numerous legal complaints. Shannon K. O’Neil, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Europe ranked second behind China in the amount of deforestation caused by its imports in 2017, according to a 2021 World Wildlife Fund report. Aniruddha Ghosal, Fortune Asia, 25 Mar. 2024 He’s made good on many of his environmental promises, with deforestation dropping by half during his first year in office, and the government expelling thousands of intruders from Indigenous reserves. Ana Ionova, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Mar. 2024 Since being elected in 2022, Mr. Lula has drastically reduced deforestation in the Amazon and overseen a sizable build-out of renewable energy. Max Bearak, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2024 Anderson has long been an outspoken advocate for environmental causes including the fight against climate change and deforestation as well as the preservation of marine ecosystems. Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 2 Feb. 2024 Image Image With the population of the Sunshine Coast projected to increase more than 50 percent to about half a million people in the 25 years to 2041, deforestation is happening at speed. Natasha Frost David Maurice Smith, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deforestation was in 1874

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“Deforestation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deforestation. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

deforestation

noun
de·​for·​es·​ta·​tion (ˌ)dē-ˌfȯr-ə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce deforestation (audio)
-ˌfär-
: the action or process of clearing an area of forests
also : the state of having been cleared of forests
deforest verb
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