The University of Leeds has published a study which shows that deforestation could be much more harmful than previously thought.
Scientists understand that trees and vegetation release gases that react with chemicals in the atmosphere.
This causes the creation of particles which reflect sunlight and help to cool the earth’s climate.
The removal of this vegetation causing the removal of the released gases will have a detrimental effect on the warming of the earth.
School of Earth and Environment Lead Author, Dr Catherine Scott stated: “Most previous assessments on the climate impacts of deforestation have focused on the amount of carbon dioxide that would be emitted or changes to the way the land-surface exchanges energy and water with the atmosphere.”
“But as well as taking in carbon dioxide and giving out oxygen, trees emit other gases that take part in complicated chemical reactions in the atmosphere and there are implications for reducing these gases.”