Definition of deforestation in US English:

deforestation

noun

  • The action of clearing a wide area of trees.

    ‘a key aim is to try to halt widespread deforestation in the Amazon’
    ‘deforestation caused by foreign logging companies’
    • ‘In other words, simply by stopping deforestation we would make a major contribution to slowing global warming.’
    • ‘More importantly, the rate of deforestation appears to be accelerating.’
    • ‘My country has developed a sustainable farming system which can curb soil erosion and minimize deforestation.’
    • ‘Thirty years of ruthless deforestation has reduced the cypress forest area by about half.’
    • ‘Severe deforestation linked to both tropical storms and the human impact of habitat destruction had reduced the bat population to 70 by 1975.’
    • ‘The conifer habitat where they breed has suffered extensive deforestation in Washington during the past sixty years.’
    • ‘They have established a tree nursery where they cultivate and then plant hundreds of saplings a year to reverse deforestation.’
    • ‘Cooking with wood is also a cause of deforestation in many countries.’
    • ‘Deforestation was believed to be a to threat to water supplies because it dried up springs and reduced rainfall.’
    • ‘However, due to centuries of deforestation, very few cedars are left.’

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