London, June 12 (ANI): A new study has claimed that reducing the rate of deforestation might just cause more forests to be depleted.
According to New Scientist, the study included analysis of satellite images, which found that 59 per cent of forest areas where deforestation rates dropped between 2000 and 2007 have more fires than they did before.
When farmers practice slash-and-burn farming in clearings, the half destroyed forests are proliferated by fires.
REDD - a way of paying developing countries to cut deforestation and so cut carbon emissions could fail if reduced deforestation results in more fires - causing more carbon emissions. (ANI)