As alternatives for deforestation, such as more efficient

As society expands and the population rapidly increases, it may produce issues such as crowding, lack of space, and/or limited resources. In an effort to resolve these issues-provide more living space and resources-another major problem has appeared: deforestation. Deforestation is a consequence of aggressively cutting down trees for reasons such as food and paper products. While this provides society with resources, it is detrimental to other species and may have other negative results for humans. According to Jim Robbins (2016), “cutting down large swaths of forests is a major factor in a serious human health problem — the outbreak of some of the world’s most serious infectious diseases” (Robbins, 2016). This is focused on many diseases that use mosquitoes, especially, as vectors, such as malaria. Certain environmental transformations associated with deforestation can promote favorable reproduction and mortality rates with mosquitoes. Society needs to dedicate current resources into finding alternatives for deforestation, such as more efficient recycling (to reduce cutting trees for paper products). An emphasis on educating high-risk populations the dangers of deforestation and how to protect themselves from mosquitoes as much as possible. 
This article covering deforestation can be found on Yale Environment 360 website (, a website dedicated to environmental journalism. One strength of the article is it includes references to additional supporting articles as well as quotes from credited individuals. Another advantage this article possesses is the fact that it not only emphasizes modern health issues associated with deforestation, it highlights evidence from data collected decades previously. This reiterates the magnitude of how big an issue deforestation has been, and continues to be. One weakness that can be noticed is the author is not a scientific researcher himself, and  therefore cannot provide primary results. He is forced to strictly use secondary data, which may possibly be misleading or untrustworthy. Secondly, within the additional resources, there is only one research article cited with supporting evidence. If multiple research studies had been referred to in the article, it would have helped develop the article’s credibility.