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

Examples of deforestation in a Sentence

the deforestation of the island
Recent Examples on the Web After the White House changed hands in January, the United States began pressuring Brazil to rein in deforestation, joining the European Union, Norway, and others in warning that its worsening reputation hampers the country’s economic potential., "Bolsonaro’s sudden pledge to protect the Amazon met with skepticism," 21 Apr. 2021 This year, Bolsonaro sent troops in ahead of the dry season, in May — but Vice President Hamilton Mourão has said that deployment was six months too late to rein in 2020 deforestation. Mauricio Savarese And David Biller, Star Tribune, "Amazon continues to burn in 2020 despite promises to save it," 18 Aug. 2020 In addition to showing the effects of climate change, Google Earth’s time lapse tool enables people to see the effects of deforestation across the Amazon, hurricanes in places like Cape Cod, and the vanishing Aral Sea in Kazakhstan. Fortune, "Google Earth’s new tool shows the Antarctica-melting ruins of climate change," 15 Apr. 2021 One of the most degraded forests of India, Haryana’s Aravallis has suffered rapid deforestation. Neha Jain, Quartz, "The rich biodiversity in and around Delhi is in dire need of protection," 16 Mar. 2021 In Brazil, beef causes six times more deforestation than soya does. The Economist, "The roots of the problem A study names firms who buy products from areas with deforestation," 11 June 2020 The pace of deforestation, as reported in November, was 10% faster in 2020 than in 2019. The Economist, "Joe Biden and Jair Bolsonaro square off over the Amazon," 20 Mar. 2021 Clear-cutting land for farms and ranches is the main driver of deforestation. Thomas Hertel, The Conversation, "Growing food and protecting nature don’t have to conflict – here’s how they can work together," 9 Mar. 2021 Malaysia has historically had one of the world's highest rates of deforestation. Jeff Chu, Travel + Leisure, "How a New Generation of Malaysian Chefs Is Evolving the Nation’s Multicultural Cuisine," 1 Mar. 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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4 May 2021

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“Deforestation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 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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