Definition of deforestation
: the action or process of clearing of forests; also : the state of having been cleared of forests
deforestplay \(ˈ)dē-ˈfȯr-əst, -ˈfär-\ transitive verb
Examples of deforestation in a Sentence
the deforestation of the island
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Annual deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon spiked 29% to 3,088 square miles in 2016.
Natural Habitat runs trips in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund that have generated $10 million since 2003 for WWF programs confronting deforestation in the Amazon and preserving orangutan habitats in Borneo, among others.
Religious and indigenous leaders on Monday called for an end to deforestation in the first international multi-faith, multi-cultural plea to reduce the emissions that fuel climate change.
Helping species thrive and survive Ana and Rio are cared for under a Species Survival Plan program, in part, because golden lion tamarins, indigenous to South America, are endangered as deforestation destroys their habitat.
Farming also uses a surprisingly large amount of wood, rendering tobacco a driver of deforestation, one of the leading causes of climate change.
Vast quantities of wood are burned to cure tobacco leaves, contributing to deforestation.
Mudslides have become common in Sri Lanka during monsoon rains due to heavy deforestation that leaves soil unable to hold water.
Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 13,000 islands, is home to numerous reptile species, some of which are on the brink of extinction because of deforestation and poaching.
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Definition of deforestation for English Language Learners
: the act or result of cutting down or burning all the trees in an area
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