Global Deforestation

This section is intended to collect data on the current status of global deforestation. This is accomplished through the utilization of APIs, databases, news sources, MapBuilders, and academic journals.

Global forest loss map

Credits: University of Maryland, department of geographical sciences.

Results from time-series analysis of Landsat images characterizing forest extent and change.

Trees are defined as vegetation taller than 5m in height and are expressed as a percentage per output grid cell as ‘2000 Percent Tree Cover’. ‘Forest Cover Loss’ is defined as a stand-replacement disturbance, or a change from a forest to non-forest state, during the period 2000–2019. ‘Forest Cover Gain’ is defined as the inverse of loss, or a non-forest to forest change entirely within the period 2000–2012. ‘Forest Loss Year’ is a disaggregation of total ‘Forest Loss’ to annual time scales.

Reference 2000 and 2019 imagery are median observations from a set of quality assessment-passed growing season observations.

News List

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Ivory Coast's Record Rubber Production: A Shift from Cocoa

Ivory Coast's natural rubber production rose over 30% year-on-year to reach a record 1.7 million metric tons in 2023, the head of the West African nation's natural rubber association Charles-Emmanuel Yace, said on Friday. Ivory Coast, the world's top... [1062 chars]

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How a little known EU rule could push the price of a cup of coffee higher and hurt already impoverished farmers

It’s a hot morning in the Lampung province on the southern edge of Sumatra and coffee grower Wiyono is leading two field agents to his farm, one holding a 2-metre black pole with a GPS unit on the end, the other with a tablet. The team is there to ma... [10599 chars]

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Oceans face ‘triple threat’ of extreme heat, oxygen loss and acidification

The world’s oceans are facing a “triple threat” of extreme heating, a loss of oxygen and acidification, with extreme conditions becoming far more intense in recent decades and placing enormous stress upon the planet’s panoply of marine life, new rese... [3275 chars]

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In Indonesia, women ranger teams go on patrol to slow deforestation

DAMARAN BARU, Indonesia (AP) — In a lush jungle at the foothills of a volcano in Indonesia’s Aceh province, the song of gibbons in the trees mixes with the laughter of the seven forest rangers trekking below them. An hour into their patrol, the range... [11935 chars]

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Threat of Desertification Looms Over Delhi Due to Record-Breaking Heat

The Delhi High Court has sounded an alarm over the potential desertification of the national capital, citing recent record-breaking temperatures. On a sweltering Wednesday, Delhi's Mungeshpur area hit an unprecedented 52.3 degrees Celsius. Justice Tu... [780 chars]

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Stalled Efforts to Combat Illegal Roads in Colombia's Amazon Raise Environmental Concerns

Government measures to destroy illegal roads in and around Colombia's Amazon rainforest are stalled, eight sources told Reuters, with one operation suspended altogether over concerns it could set back peace talks between rebels and President Gustavo ... [4356 chars]

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India's Forest Cover Crisis: NGT Demands Government Response on Tree Loss

The National Green Tribunal has sought a response from government authorities, including the secretary of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), regarding the alleged loss of several million hectares of tree cover in ... [2191 chars]

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Deforestation Rates In Amazon Rainforest Drop To Lowest In 5 Years

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has been declining month-on-month for over a year and has now reached the lowest rate in five years, according to data from Brazil’s National Space Research Institute (INPE) analyzed by Mongabay. Advertisement Ad... [2614 chars]

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Malaysia’s plan to gift orangutans to countries buying palm oil panned by green groups

KUALA LUMPUR – A Malaysian minister’s proposal to send orangutans as gifts to countries that buy its palm oil in a bid to show “commitment to biodiversity conservation” has been panned by environmentalists and wildlife groups, who say the government ... [3133 chars]

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Kenya’s devastating floods expose decades of poor urban planning and bad land management

Floods in Kenya killed at least 169 people between March and April 2024. The most catastrophic of these deaths occurred after a flash flood swept through a rural village killing 42 people. Death and destruction have also occurred in the capital, Nair... [5548 chars]