why do people cut down trees in the rainforest

WHY ARE RAINFORESTS BEING DESTROYED? Every year an area of rainforest the size of New Jersey is cut down and destroyed. The plants and animals that used to live in these forests either die or must find a new forest to call their home. Why are rainforests being destroyed? Humans are the main cause of rainforest destruction.

We are cutting down rainforests for many reasons, including:
extraction of minerals and energy. Rainforests are also threatened by climate change, which is contributing to droughts in parts of the Amazon and Southeast Asia. Drought causes die-offs of trees and dries out leaf litter, increasing the risk of forest fires, which are often set by land developers, ranchers, plantation owners, and loggers.

In 2005 and 2010 the Amazon experienced the worst droughts ever recorded. Rivers dried up, isolating communities, and millions of acres burned. The smoke caused widespread health problems, interfered with transportation, and blocked the formation of rain clouds, while the burning contributed huge amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, worsening the effects of climate change.

Meanwhile, Indonesia has experienced several severe droughts in recent decades. The worst occurred in 1982-1983 and 1997-1998 when millions of acres of forest burned.

RAINFOREST DEFORESTATION PHOTOS ** The vast majority of scientists believe that human activities are contributing to climate change. Why are people cutting down trees in the Amazon Rainforest? Many trees a year are getting cut down to market lumber. Also many logging companies use it for there jobs.

This is not good. It ruins the ecosystem for a lot of wildlife. Some rainforest in the south are burned used to make land for cattle and crops. Trees are also cut down in the rainforest to make paper and burned to create electricity. If we keep up cutting down trees for these purposes we could have no rainforest in 100 years.