43 million hectares of tropical rainforest disappeared in 13 years, between 2004 and 2017: an ecological disaster, as can be read in a recent WWF report. Extensive agriculture is the main cause of deforestation, especially in South America.
Important factors new infrastructures, in particular roads, the forest industry and subsistence agriculture, especially in Africa. The main problems are in Latin America, Africa and in Asia-Pacific: Brazilian Amazon, the Bolivian Amazon, Paraguay, Argentina, Madagascar and the islands of Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Forests are also very important carbon sinks, as they absorb a large amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity. The report calls on states and the economic sector to fight against deforestation. 24 areas have suffered degradation or fragmentation and are now more vulnerable, particularly to fires.
This weakening endangers the vulnerable ecosystems that forests host and therefore the habitats of many species.
Will Joe Biden Restore Wildlife Protecting Laws Canceled By Donald Trump?
Noah Greenwald, director of endangered species at the Center for Biological Diversity, said: "For the past four years, the Donald Trump's administration has been working overtime to weaken the Endangered Species Act, ignoring warnings from scientists across the country.
world that we are experiencing an unprecedented extinction crisis." Joe Biden, on his Facebook page, wrote: "For decades, the Endangered Species Act has protected our most vulnerable wildlife from extinction. Now, President Trump wants to throw it all away.
At a time when climate change is pushing our planet on the brink, we should strengthen the protections, not weaken them." On 6th January 2021 the United States of America was literally shocked by what happened on Capitol Hill: on the day that Joe Biden should have announced as the new president of the United States, some fans of the still current president Donald Trump broke into Parliament with a lot of weapons and attacked those present: the MPs were forced to hide under their chairs while outside there were also dead.
One of Joe Biden's arguments for convincing Trump's opponents and supporters should be the environment and the protection of nature, in order to avoid new dramatic events like those of Capitol Hill. Biden should begin drafting a policy to reverse Donald Trump's new rules, starting with the Endangered Species Act and the Birds Treaty.
The judges have repeatedly rejected Trump's environmental rules, including his recent decision not to fine private citizens and industry for unintentionally killing huge numbers of birds. The bird treaty called on industries to cover pits for oil residues that birds confuse with bodies of water.
And dozens of birds die every year after landing there. Trump managed to revoke at least 125 environmental regulations. Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society's Legislative Fund, said the Trump administration has launched an all-out war on wildlife.
The Trump administration introduced new rules that preserved protections for endangered plants and animals, but canceled them for those listed as threatened, a less dangerous state. While it is not directly about animals, Biden has already announced that he intends to bring the US back into the Paris climate agreement.