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Mapping Deforestation with Google Earth

It takes several thousand years for a forest to grow to its fullest and less than an hour to cut down a single tree. Now, thanks to satellite imagery, you can watch tens of thousands of trees cut down over the past decade in just a couple seconds. University of...

Deforestation in Brazil Up 28 Percent

A new interactive online map of global forest loss and gain has been launched by the University of Maryland with the help of Google Earth, allowing viewers to zoom in on forests to a high level of local detail.  Using satellite imagery collected from 2000 to 2012,...

Corruption and Illicit Logging

The World Bank estimates that every two seconds, an area of forest the size of a football field is clear-cut by illicit loggers around the globe.  Illicit logging is an epidemic, particularly in Peruvian regions of the Amazon where as much as 80% of the areas logging...