The destruction of trees by charcoal-burners has resulted in the almost complete deforestation of the island.
The process of reckless deforestation is perceptible in certain districts.
Under de Quincey's administration the islands prospered; the cultivation of cotton and coffee was then begun, much of the land being deforested for this purpose - a deforestation practically completed when vanilla was introduced.
Owing to the absence of rivers, the paucity of springs, and the almost complete deforestation, Antigua is subject to frequent droughts, and although the average rainfall is 45.6 in., the variations from year to year are great.
Mass extinction, deforestation, dead zones in oceans, and on and on and on.