Deforestation is overestimated as an environmental hazard, study finds
The contribution of deforestation to climate change is significantly overestimated, a new study concludes.
A study led by researchers at the University of Ohio and Yale University suggests that deforestation of timber and arable land has been the cause of about 92 billion tons of carbon emissions in the environment since 1900
"Our estimate is about one a fifth of what was discovered in previous work showing that deforestation has contributed to 484 billion tonnes of carbon – one-third of all man-made emissions – since 1900, "says Brent Songen, professor of environmental economics and resources in Ohio, at the slaughterhouse infusion.
The professor says that the widely accepted evaluation does not take into account the planting of new trees and other forest management techniques that reduce the burden on the environment
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The model used in the new study considered these factors.
"There has been a significant shift towards treating forests as a renewable rather than a non-renewable resource over the last century, and we believe that afforestation and forest management efforts have led to a much lower carbon footprint on the environment," Songeng says
The study suggests that efforts to reduce carbon emissions should focus on industry.
Sohngen also stated that environmental work should not be ignored by forests, suggesting that governments in the world scale could provide more incentives to promote better forest management.
NON-CONTAINERS, USED WEAPONS TABLES LIKE BURGERY, TEACHERS SAY [19459007E[19659007E] 19659006]] "Forestry and land use have been accused of being a huge source of climate change, but they are not a huge source. The energy sector is a huge source and that's where we need to focus our attention – that is, to look for ways to increase maximizing the role of our forests in protecting the environment " says Songgen.
The study was published on Monday in the journal Forestry.