Forests disappearing since 2000? Google cloud maps global changes

Publication: NBC News   Date: November 14, 2013   View Article

In this era of big data, anyone can now see how and where the world’s forests are changing thanks to a new mapping project made possible, in part, by the computing resources of the tech giant Google.

The map compiles 100-foot-resolution satellite images of Earth’s land area taken each season, every year between 2000 and 2012, to paint a picture of where trees were lost or gained. Globally, the map shows that 888,000 square miles of forest were lost between 2000 and 2012. In the same period, 309,000 square miles were gained.

Amazon Deforestation Drops Significantly, Government Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 14, 2007   View Article

The pace of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon fell by 25 percent in a recent 12-month period, according to recently released government figures.

Even so, some conservation groups claim the decrease is due to lower demand for crops that grow on cleared forest land, and not successful environmental policies.

Threatened Lemurs’ Diet Key to Conservation Efforts, Researchers Say

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 8, 2007   View Article

Pristine forests on the African island nation of Madagascar offer the Milne-Edwards’ sifaka a rich diet of fruits, seeds, and leaves, an anthropologist has found.

Logged-over habitat, in contrast, produces mostly leaves for the rare primate to eat.

Orangutan Habitat May Be Gone in 15 Years, UN Report Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 7, 2007   View Article

Orangutans may lose nearly all their tropical forest habitat within 15 years unless urgent action is taken now to end rampant illegal logging, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) warned in a report yesterday.

About 60,000 orangutans—which are native to the Southeast Asian islands of Sumatra and Borneo—remain in the wild, conservationists believe.

African Pygmy Hunt Threatened by Logging, Animal Trade

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 3, 2005   View Article

Rampant logging and the illegal trade in forest animals is slowly eroding the traditional lifestyle of the Bayaka Pygmies in the Central African Republic, according to researchers.

The Bayaka are a seminomadic people who traditionally survive by hunting and gathering the animals and plants of the rain forest. Among their more revered traditions are the net hunt and its associated musical ceremony.

In Borneo, Hunger for Logs, Pigs, and Bird Are Intertwined

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 7, 2005   View Article

When John Rowden asks local villagers on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo what they know about the Bulwer’s pheasant, the first thing most people say is that the bird is delicious.

That is not an answer Rowden savors. The ornithologist with the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society is also a curator of animals at the Central Park Zoo. Since 1999 Rowden has traveled to Borneo several times a year to learn as much as he can about the elusive pheasant.

Around the World, Parks Underfunded, Studies Say

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 12, 2003   View Article

The world’s parks and protected areas are underfunded and, as a result, lack the basic maintenance and infrastructure required to keep wildlife free from poachers and forests clear of illegal logging, according to a study presented today at the World Parks Congress in Durban, South Africa.

The study was produced by an international panel of conservationists, scientists, economists, and government officials.

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