The total amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere can be cut down by a fifth by reducing deforestation in the tropics, a new study reveals.
In the first study of its kind, scientists have calculated that the tropical forests absorb almost two billion ton of carbon each year in their bark, leaves and soil and the amounts of greenhouse gas emissions created by loss of trees, as a result of human activity.
Researchers have stated that carbon emissions from tropical forests will increase as the climate warms, as rising temperatures accelerate the decay of dead plants and trees, giving off more CO2 and Global temperatures are forecast to rise by two degrees by the year 2099.
Professor John Grace of the University of Edinburgh's School of GeoSciences said that limiting human activity in the tropical forests of the world should be of high priority as it could play a valuable role in helping to curb the rise in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
The study is published in Global Change Biology.