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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Other Words from deforestation

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

Examples of deforestation in a Sentence

the deforestation of the island
Recent Examples on the Web Only using palm oil that is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil –an effort to support deforestation-free supply chains. Alicia Kelso, Forbes, "Popeyes Announces Plans To Remove Artificial Ingredients, Antibiotics," 2 Mar. 2021 Amazonia-1 will give researchers more frequent updates on deforestation and agricultural activity in the world’s largest tropical rainforest. Sofia Moutinho, Science | AAAS, "Brazil’s first homemade satellite will put an extra eye on dwindling Amazon forests," 26 Feb. 2021 Lemurs in Kirindy Forest, a private reserve along Madagascar's west coast that has suffered profound deforestation in recent years, on Nov. 23, 2019. Aryn Baker, Time, "They're Healthy. They're Sustainable. So Why Don't Humans Eat More Bugs?," 26 Feb. 2021 Researchers have calculated that ending deforestation and allowing mature forests to keep growing could enable forests to take up twice as much carbon. William Moomaw, The Conversation, "Keeping trees in the ground where they are already growing is an effective low-tech way to slow climate change," 22 Feb. 2021 The meat industry is the greatest driver of global deforestation, a major source of methane and nitrogen emissions, and a polluter of rivers and lakes. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | JON DEERY: Individual action and climate change," 8 Feb. 2021 The election of Joe Biden as U.S. president will raise pressure on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to step up the country’s effort to curb growing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, "Biden Win Raises Pressure on Brazil’s Bolsonaro to Protect Amazon," 7 Dec. 2020 Barreto said that even sending the Army to curb deforestation isn't enough at this point. Marcia Reverdosa, CNN, "Fires are raging in the Amazon, despite a Brazil government ban. The destruction could be worse than last summer," 7 Aug. 2020 Today, the greatest threats to jaguars are poaching and habitat degradation due to development, deforestation and climate change. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, "Elusive jaguar and ocelot captured on Southern Arizona trail cameras," 4 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of deforestation

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deforestation was in 1874

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5 Mar 2021

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“Deforestation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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