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

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deforest \ (ˈ)dē-​ˈfȯr-​əst How to pronounce deforest (audio) , -​ˈfär-​ \ transitive verb

Examples of deforestation in a Sentence

the deforestation of the island

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The modern world’s insatiable appetite for wood, land, agriculture, and mineral extraction continues to drive deforestation. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Restoring forests may be one of our most powerful weapons in fighting climate change," 5 July 2019 European criticism comes amid ongoing questions from members of Bolsonaro’s administration over the effectiveness of the Amazon Fund, which was created in 2008 to contain deforestation. Washington Post, "Brazil president rebuts European criticism over environment," 5 July 2019 Since the early 2000s, Brazil has worked to reduce the amount of deforestation. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Amazon Deforestation Has Increased Dramatically This Year," 3 July 2019 An additional roughly 5 billion tons are contributed through land use changes, most prominently deforestation. Chris Mooney,, "Fossil fuel plants will push world across dangerous climate limit, research finds," 1 July 2019 Gibbons are native to the tropical forests struggling with large-scale deforestation, primarily caused by palm oil producers clearing large stretches of land for massive plantations. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Gibbons return to the Oakland Zoo at last," 14 June 2019 Larger programs have been funded by countries like Norway, looking to help developing countries reduce deforestation without getting offsets in return. Lisa Song, ProPublica, "These 4 Arguments Can’t Overcome the Facts About Carbon Offsets for Forest Preservation," 31 May 2019 Leading the world’s deforestation Of the countries that lost the most forest since 2001, four are located in South America. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "This map shows millions of acres of lost Amazon rainforest," 26 Apr. 2019 The country is the world’s largest palm-oil producer, and some Papuans who depend on the rainforest worry it will be cleared and replaced with plantations, accelerating deforestation. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Shrinking Japan’s Fleet; Squeezing the Grocers; Highway Dividing Lines," 8 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of deforestation

1874, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of deforestation

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

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