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Deforestation and Soil Erosion

Deforestation can not only wreak havoc for the environment in terms of contributing to global warming and its subsequent effect on the health of people (See Article: Deforestation and its Effects upon Health), but it can also lead to another problem, that of soil erosion.

Trees have extensive root systems which travel underground and seek out water and nutrients for the plant to use. These root systems also bind the soil by preventing it from moving easily and being washed away by rainwater or blown away in the wind. When deforestation cuts down and removes these trees, their root systems underground wither and decay and no longer bind the soil together. This makes it much more susceptible to erosion which can damage buildings on the land as their foundations shift, and create mudslides during heavy rain. Either of these scenarios can place the health and safety of those affected in jeopardy and result in injuries or loss of life.

Deforestation and soil erosion can also result in the loss of essential minerals needed by plants. So if the area was cleared of trees in order to provide land for crowing crops, over time this land may no longer prove suitable for growing crops of sufficient quality or quantities. Further wooded areas may then need to cleared to find fertile ground, which further exacerbates the problem.

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Please see below for more information on the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate:

NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, or NEBOSH National Certificate in Environmental Management to give it its full title, is an environmental health and safety course which is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who are responsible for managing environmental issues at their workplace.

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate qualification focuses on UK law, so is really only suitable for those who are based and operate within the UK.

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