Global Forest Loss

This section is meant to gather data about the current worldwide forests situation. This is done through APIs, databases, news, MapBuilders, and 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

Live: Sat May 21 2022 21:30:20 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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Elon Musk has met with Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro to discuss the protection of the Amazon rainforest and rural internet connectivity.

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It’s a wake-up call for the world’s forests. Madeleine Finlay hears from biodiversity reporter Patrick Greenfield about what his trip deep inside Argentina’s precious region showed him and what’s needed to end deforestation by 2030, as promised at Cop26

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Both fish - commonly referred to as South American darters - could disappear if the Brazilian government does not take immediate action, say scientists.

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Coldplay addressed backlash to the band’s partnership with an oil company that is tied to deforestation. Here's what Coldplay said about the criticism.

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Brazil's Amazon rainforest hit record levels of deforestation in April, nearly doubling highs set for the same period last year.

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Climate analysts are astounded by such a high reading during the rainy season, and is the third monthly record this year

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Destruction of the Brazilian Amazon in the first four months of the year also hit a record for the period of 1,954 sq km (754 sq miles), an increase of 69% compared to the same period of 2021 – clearing an area more than double the size of New York City. Deforestation in the Amazon has soared since right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro took office in 2019 and weakened environmental protection.

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Deforestation detected in the Brazilian Amazon broke all records for the month of April, and that followed similar new records set in January and February, reflecting a worrisome uptick in destruction in a state deep within the rainforest.