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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Overfishing and deforestation severely threatened the fish and bird population. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "Secret Safaris: Little-Known National Parks in Africa," 22 Feb. 2019 Price of Climate Series His initial business plan was to buy up forest concessions to grow palm oil, the crop that is driving much of Indonesia’s deforestation. Jon Emont, WSJ, "One Man’s Money-Draining Bet on Climate Change," 27 Dec. 2018 Due to the current drought and massive deforestation throughout the country, women have to walk longer distances to access these basic necessities. Mélissa Godin, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Is Creating a New Atmosphere of Gender Inequality for Women in Malawi," 20 Dec. 2018 Right now, Indonesia’s policies are allowing for deforestation, and are far too fossil-fuel centric. Nithin Coca, Vox, "The most important country for the global climate no one is talking about," 6 Dec. 2018 Other data monitoring deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon have noted that destruction appears to be up again after a decrease last year. Washington Post, "Tropical forests see high loss of tree cover for 2nd year," 27 June 2018 And also on a global one: In October, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said eating less meat reduces greenhouse gasses and prevent deforestation. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Beyoncé and Jay Z Want You to Join the Vegan Movement," 31 Jan. 2019 On the other hand, Haiti has virtually no trees due to massive deforestation. Lindsey Desimone, ELLE Decor, "50 Unusual Travel Facts You Need To Know Before Planning Your Next Vacation," 12 Oct. 2015 Indonesia has vast coal reserves, mostly in Borneo, where coal mining is also a cause of deforestation. Nithin Coca, Vox, "The most important country for the global climate no one is talking about," 6 Dec. 2018

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1874, in the meaning defined above

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

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