Deforestation and its impact on climate change, the Amazon Jungle in South America, as well as all tropical forests worldwide, are considered to be the lungs of planet Earth.

Yet, huge areas are being deforested for cattle farming and soybean and palm oil production, releasing trapped carbon monoxide into the atmosphere.

Bob Scholes, professor in systems ecology at Wits and Samantha Choles, Communications Representative for Forestry SA and the Paper Manufacturers’ Association of South Africa speaks to SABC News.