CARBON - Growing resource demands and the disadv's associated with it

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  • Growing resource demands
    • DEFOREST-ATION
      • For the timber and for the land they occupy.
      • Land is cultivated for livestock feeding or cash crops.
      • There is however, reforestation and afforestation occurring in NORTH AMERICA and CHINA.
    • GRASSLAND CONVERSION
      • temperate and tropical grasslands have become the subject of over exploitation.
      • ploughing leads to loss of moisture, increase of CO2 and a change in runoff characteristics.
    • URBAN-ISATION
      • Land-use conversion resulting from need of more space for towns and housing and farming.
      • due to a rapidly-growing population
      • this is the MOST DISRUPTIVE form of development on the carbon and water cycles.
      • Towns and cities as FOCAL POINTS of GHG emissions.

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