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Here is a link to an overview of the 5 main reasons of climate change, according to the EU:

Burning coal, oil and gas produces carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide.
– Cutting down forests (deforestation). Trees help to regulate the climate by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere. So when they are cut down, that beneficial effect is lost and the carbon stored in the trees is released into the atmosphere, adding to the greenhouse effect.
Increasing livestock farming. Cows and sheep produce large amounts of methane when they digest their food.
Fertilisers containing nitrogen produce nitrous oxide emissions.
Fluorinated gases produce a very strong warming effect, up to 23 000 times greater than CO2.

Logically, there are way more (indirect) reasons that have consequences way beyond what initially meets the eye. Chopping a forest can lead to a severed local water balance and the subsequent decrease of local biodiversity, worsening of the quality of soil and soil erosion. Soil erosion causes landslides and downstream floods, with its devastating effects. Dry periods in the area will be even more dry, because after all, the water-resistant woods that normally absorb and hold water are gone. When it rains, there are no trees to hold the water and a mud sludge can be formed, going into rivers and eventually leading to the coastal waters become more turbid, which causes the death of coral reefs. No coral reefs of course lead to the death of a lot more animal species, but it also results in a negative feedback loop on the planet’s climate (as the reefs cannot hold carbon anymore).

There are numerous negative feedback loops like this. That’s also one of the hard aspects of this problem, I think. One single, concrete solution is impossible. We need to develop solutions for every problem, for every aspect. And subsequently make them applicable for our societies and economies to actually “want” to apply the solutions. In this case, not chopping this forest can prevent a lot of bad things. In case the lumber firm wants the wood anyway, sustainable wood chopping can help, replant young trees so it grows in a forest again. That way, the company benefits itself as well

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