deforestation

noun
de·​for·​es·​ta·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌfȯr-ə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce deforestation (audio) , -ˌfär- \

Definition of deforestation

: 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 Some may join the likes of L'Oréal, Unilever, and Procter & Gamble – brands that use sustainable palm oil from Indonesia that meets the RSPO's standards and are committed to achieving a deforestation-free supply chain. Fiona Embleton, Allure, 8 June 2022 The Ham & Eggers’ deforestation of Ocean Beach is stupid, even for them, and failure to inform residents was/is inexcusable. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 Companies would have to collect the geographic coordinates of where their commodities originated, and national authorities would have to ensure that only products considered deforestation-free enter the market. Time, 18 Jan. 2022 The world doesn’t agree on many things, but one of them is that global deforestation is a problem. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 11 Oct. 2021 Both directors use the animal to comment on human nature, though Skolimowski is more didactic, including shots of deforestation and a massive manmade dam, whereas Bresson invited a certain ambiguity. Peter Debruge, Variety, 19 May 2022 Co-founder of Cloud Paper, a company leading the drive toward the end of deforestation by providing tree-free paper alternatives. Ryan Fritsch, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Satellite alerts of deforestation in April corresponded to nearly 400 square miles, the highest figure for any April in seven years of record-keeping. Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 The rate of deforestation in the Amazon has varied with the ebbs and flows of the Brazilian economy, hitting a low point about a decade ago. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of deforestation

1874, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

21 Jun 2022

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“Deforestation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deforestation. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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