What If All Trees Were Cut Down


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Deforestation is happening all around the world approximately 15 billion trees are cut down every single year despite some forests getting replanted if we keep going at this rate we’ll have no trees in about 200 years but what if that were to happen right now what would happen to our air quality what would happen to animals and do trees hold the key to our food supply this is what if and here’s what would happen if all the world’s trees were cut down.

No more note-taking no thank-you cards you’ll never be able to put pen to paper
ever again but take a look at the bigger picture you’ll have a lot more to worry
about than that when it comes to not having any trees one of your biggest
worries might be the air that we breathe it’s no secret that trees produce a lot
of our oxygen but just how much well not as much as you might think through the magic of photosynthesis trees produce roughly half of the oxygen in our
atmosphere we have the oceans to thank for the other half with the oceans still intact we should still be able to breathe but it won’t be .what you’re used to

First let’s break down exactly how this might be possible well it’s pretty far-fetched but in order for us to cut down all our trees we’d have to give everyone on earth between the ages of 15 and 65 a chainsaw and ask them to cut
down about 625 trees each if everyone on earth were on board with this appalling assignment we’d be finished this task in just under a year now what exactly would we do with all these fallen trees on the ground.

Well we processed quite a lot of them continuing to make the various products that we do today but the vast majority of them would most likely just lay on
the ground and rock and when they do over 35 billion yes billion tons of carbon dioxide would be released into the atmosphere since trees release the gas when they break down to put that in perspective that’s much more carbon dioxide than the United States Canada and the UK produce in a single year it’s a catastrophe that would most likely kill our planet in short order now it’s not likely that the population of Earth is going to agree to chop down every tree on the planet so what if these trees all suddenly disappeared and we didn’t have to cut them down let’s lighten this scenario up a bit and start with a few good things that will come with not having any trees you can say goodbye to forest fires every year

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Forest fires around the world burn down millions of acres of forest destroy
thousands of buildings and kill hundreds of people the largest-ever forest fire
in California was responsible for destroying over 18,000 buildings and
cost the state and insurers over 16 billion dollars with no trees people in
places like California could rest easy knowing their home is a bit safer
sure fires could still happen with grass and shrubs but firefighters say these
fires are much less dangerous and easier to contain and think of all the spare
time you’ll have because of how much less yard work you’ll be dealing with.

it’s estimated that you’re probably raking half a million leaves every year depending on the size of your yard this could take upwards of a dozen hours annually now you can use that time for something better but unfortunately you may have to use it to figure out a way to survive that’s because you’d probably have trouble breathing in this treeless world an average tree produces enough oxygen each year for 10 people to breathe right now.

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The earth has trillions of trees producing more than enough oxygen to
sustain the human population but with all these trees gone you’d quickly notice the world’s air supply diminishing it’d be up to the oceans phytoplankton to provide our entire supply of o2 people would have a lot of trouble breathing we wouldn’t last too long remember the world’s population increases over time eventually the oxygen provided by the oceans wouldn’t be enough to sustain us and if we continued to pollute the air which let’s be honest we would the quality of the air we were trying to breathe would continue to degrade oxygen wouldn’t be the only thing we’d have less of it’s pretty unlikely any new homes would be built without any new trees at least not the traditional houses that we know today.

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A simple 110 square metre house requires thousands of pieces of wood from the
basic frame to your walls and floors and what about furniture no more chairs
tables desks the list goes on houses in a world without trees would look vastly
different sure there are other materials we could use metal glass mortar concrete
but this would increase costs significantly and even today houses built with those materials typically have some amount of wood as well not only that some of these materials like glass and concrete will probably cease to exist one day the world has a finite amount of sand and we’re quickly running out of it too bad because sand is an essential ingredient in making glass and concrete now not to be too crass

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But what to do about number two having no paper also means no toilet paper.
what will you wipe with the billions of pieces of toilet paper we use every day
will be gone you won’t be able to use leaves as those will be gone too instead you’ll be joining the four billion people around the world who use water to clean themselves after going to the bathroom but enough about that what about all the other animals on the planet according to the Nature Conservancy 50% of the world’s plants and animals live in the rainforests

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we’re talking about snakes monkeys pandas elephants and whatever else is
lurking in there and that 50% isn’t even including all the animals in the world’s
other forests like deer rabbits and thousands of bird species without forests where would all these animals live unfortunately most of them would probably cease to exist just like with current deforestation that kills millions of animals a year and has made many of them extinct evicted from their natural environment it’s unlikely that these animals would be able to adapt to someplace new in such a short time homeless predatory animals like bears and wolves would probably be hunted pretty quickly in order to keep humans safe and it’s likely that the small number of animals that would survive in this world would be living much closer to humans as scavenging may be their only way of sourcing food and it won’t.

just be our furry woodland creatures who are in trouble it’ll be bugs too insects
depend on vegetation for survival they burrow into trees for shelter and eat leaves for food without these it’s safe to say that nearly all insects will become extinct in fact it’s already happening a 2019 study determined that insect populations are decreasing by two and a half percent every year this is primarily due to deforestation and with every single tree removed from earth you can expect the insect population to diminish at a faster rate than ever before.

Apart from keeping animals alive trees also help immensely with cleansing
chemicals from the air the leaves of trees absorb various pollution particles
quickly notice a lot more contaminants in the air more pollution in the air means more people dying in 2015 six and a half million deaths were linked to air

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pollution one acre of trees absorbs roughly two and a half tons of carbon dioxide every year without this absorption the negative effects of climate change increase significantly expect the earth to get a lot hotter trees help cool the planet in a number of ways not only do they provide shade but they also release water through photosynthesis this helps cool areas down by several degrees and provides rainfall photosynthesis takes water from parts of the tree and delivers it to the atmosphere the water goes into the clouds and produces rain for the trees to absorb once again without this water cycle we’d see reduced rainfall.

Researchers from Humboldt University in Berlin estimate that if the Amazon rain
forests were to lose all of its trees rainfall there would decrease by 20% this would bring on chronic droughts across the globe causing lower water levels in lakes and ponds the droughts could get so bad as to cause severe water shortages around the world leading to millions of deaths less rain might sound like a good thing but when it does rain expect massive storms that could seriously affect the earth dangerous mudslides and soil degradation are all a serious possibility what’s that is your stomach grumbling yeah that’ll happen a lot more without trees think of all the food.

They provide bananas coconuts apples the list goes on and I’m an no more maple syrup on your pancakes since it’s made from sap drawn directly from
maple trees things like chewing gum some candies even some makeup will no longer exist as they’re derived from the wax of carnauba palm trees but that’s not all in addition to directly providing us with food trees are also an essential part of all other food production that’s

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because of the trees special relationship with the soil trees absorb a lot of the chemicals in precipitation that would otherwise go into our soil not only that but trees also protect soil from erosion by the rain and they absorb water from the ground when it gets too wet we are predicting droughts but when the rare rains do come they’ll render the soil practically useless with our soil degraded and full of chemicals so you can say goodbye to all sorts of vegetation from crops to grasses to plants our world would quickly become a desolate wasteland not only would it look pretty ugly but it would have a severe impact on the agricultural industry crops wouldn’t grow and if they did somehow managed to sprout they’d be too unhealthy for us to eat.

Not to mention without insects like bees and butterflies to pollinate crops we’d have an even more difficult time growing anything no more vegetables fruits breads or nearly any other type of food that you enjoy daily so if the poor air quality doesn’t kill humans the food shortage probably would this has been pretty traumatic hasn’t it no more food animals and eventually no more humans we should probably consult each other over a nice warm campfire wait we won’t be able to do that either okay maybe being a tree hugger isn’t so bad

what if all trees were cut down Although we could kiss forest fires and leaf rake and goodbye would it really be worth it definitely not hopefully we never have to worry about this as long as we keep planning our trees saying no to deforestation and most importantly
continuing to watch what if

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