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 deforest (audio) , -​ˈfär-​ \ transitive verb

Examples of deforestation in a Sentence

the deforestation of the island
Recent Examples on the Web Although both forest loss due to logging and agriculture and changing climate are major culprits behind dwindling ruffed lemur habitat, the effects of deforestation are far outpacing those of climate change, according to the models. Erica Tennenhouse, National Geographic, "Madagascar’s famous lemurs could lose their rainforest by 2080," 23 Dec. 2019 For a while, between 2004 and 2014, a stricter enforcement of environmental laws had effectively curbed the pace of deforestation. Vanessa Barbara, Vogue, "Vegetarianism, Resistance, and the Amazon—How One Brazilian Journalist Is Fighting Climate Change," 10 Dec. 2019 Habitat loss, mainly in the form of deforestation, is only partially responsible for the decline of the species, which was first discovered in 1910 in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Mouse-Like Deer Just Photographed After It Vanished for 25 Years. Here's What You Need to Know," 12 Nov. 2019 Bolsonaro, a climate skeptic whose policies have dramatically accelerated the rate of deforestation in the Amazon, appealed to evangelicals and Pentecostals with his deeply conservative views on gender, sexuality and religion’s role in society. Amy Erica Smith, The Conversation, "Evangelicals in Brazil see abuse of God’s earth as a sin – but will they fight to save the Amazon?," 6 Nov. 2019 Since last year, the rate of deforestation in Brazil has increased nearly forty per cent, with thousands of fires—many of them intentionally set—scorching forests across the Amazon. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest," 4 Nov. 2019 Brazil has touted the statistic that the rate of deforestation fell 70% between 2005 and 2012. Jesse Hyde, Los Angeles Times, "Brazil had a plan to stop the Amazon’s destruction. Here’s how it failed," 4 Oct. 2019 But that is not because the overall rate of deforestation has decreased. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "The global demand for palm oil is driving the fires in Indonesia," 18 Sep. 2019 Unfortunately, the fragile ecosystem faces the constant threat of deforestation and has seen devastating wildland fires this year. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "4 Reasons Why We Need the Amazon Rainforest," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of deforestation

1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Deforestation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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