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The complex is over-estimated as a threat to the environment, study finds

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The disappearance of the contribution to climate change has been greatly over-estimated, a new study has concluded.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Ohio State University, and Yale University, suggests that deforestation for timber and farmland, it is responsible for approximately 92 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions into the environment since the 1900’s.

“We estimate that approximately one-fifth of what is found in the preceding, from which it appears that the deforestation that has contributed to 484 billion tonnes of carbon – a third of all man-made emissions since the 1900’s,” said Brent Sohngen, a professor of environmental and resource economics, at Ohio State, in a statement.

The professor said that it is the generally accepted estimate that does not account for the planting of new trees and other forest management techniques, which have a lower impact on the environment.

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Aerial picture shows smoke billowing from one part of the forest is cleared by fire, in the area of Boca do Acre is a city in the State of Amazonas, in the amazon basin in the north-west of Brazil, on Aug. 24. (LULA SAMPAIO/AFP via Getty Images)

It is a model that will be used in the new study, these factors will be taken into account.

“There was a significant shift in the direction of the treatment of forests as a renewable rather than non-renewable resource, in the last century, and it is estimated that tree-planting and forest management efforts have resulted in a much smaller ecological impact on the environment,” Sohngen said.

The study suggests that efforts to reduce carbon emissions must focus on the manufacturing industry.

Sohngen, it was pointed out that the protection of the environment, work should be very interesting, and forests, said that governments around the world to be more incentives for a better management of the forest.

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“The forestry and land-use change are to be blamed for that as a main source of global warming, but they are not a main source. The energy sector is an enormous resource, and that is where we need to focus our attention – and are looking for ways to make the most of our world’s forests’ role in the protection of the environment,” Sohngen said.

The study, published Monday in the Journal of Forest Economics.

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