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Zooming In: Forest Fires Blaze in Indonesia’s Tesso Nilo National Park

By Susan Minnemeyer, Tjokorda Nirarta “Koni” Samadhi, James Anderson and Mimi Gong New satellite imagery reveals a rash of fires burning in what was once one of the world’s most biologically rich forests—Indonesia’s Tesso Nilo National Park. The recent outbreak of fires began May 29, 2015, according to NASA fire alerts on the Global Forest Watch Fires (GFW Fires) platform, […]

Indonesia’s Forest Fires Reignite, Threatening Protected Areas and Peatlands

By Lisa Johnston, Tjokorda Nirarta “Koni” Samadhi, Susan Minnemeyer and Nigel Sizer Extreme haze caused by forest and bush fires throughout Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia has been a perpetual problem affecting the quality of life and economy of local residents and neighboring countries. As this year’s dry season approaches, the fires are just starting to pick up, especially in the fire-prone […]

Indonesia’s Forest Fires Reignite, Threatening Protected Areas and Peatlands

By Lisa Johnston, Tjokorda Nirarta “Koni” Samadhi, Susan Minnemeyer and Nigel Sizer Extreme haze caused by forest and bush fires throughout Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia has been a perpetual problem affecting the quality of life and economy of local residents and neighboring countries. As this year’s dry season approaches, the fires are just starting to pick up, especially in the fire-prone […]

Zooming In: “Sustainable” Cocoa Producer Destroys Pristine Forest in Peru

By Octavia Payne and Sarah Alix Mann United Cacao, a publicly-traded, commercial producer of the raw material that goes into chocolate—its symbol on the London Stock Exchange is CHOC—has earned some unwelcome attention recently for its large-scale clearing of trees in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon. Reports about the clearing of over 2,000 hectares […]

Protecting Indonesia's forests is a key issue for Paris climate talks

By Nirarta “Koni” Samadhi and Nigel Sizer If we are serious about tackling climate change, we need to talk about Indonesia. While it may not be the country with the highest emissions from energy or industry, what Indonesia does have is forests, and lots of them. Many of the country’s more than 13,000 islands are blanketed by vast green […]

Forests Housing Rare and Endangered Species Lost 1.2 Million Hectares of Trees Since 2001

By Benjamin Jones, Carolyn Ciciarelli, Eric Dinerstein and Michael Anderson The jury is still out on whether a tree falling in the forest makes a sound, but it certainly makes an impact. That’s especially true for endangered and endemic species, which only have one remaining area of viable habitat left on Earth, like Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur […]

GUEST POST: Satellites can mislead: policy makers beware!

By David Gaveau and Romain Pirard The loss of old-growth tropical forest area through fire and agricultural expansion has for decades challenged many of the sustainability goals set out by policy makers, conservation groups, and forest managers. As part of the solution to halt tropical deforestation, a strong trend has emerged to assign blame – and it’s industrial […]

PARTNER POST: Deep Learning Could Predict Deforestation Before It Happens: Orbital Insight and Global Forest Watch Partner

Each passing Earth Day brings a stronger sense of urgency to protect our planet as we race toward exhausting its finite resources, like land, food, and water. However, each year also brings new promise for solving this challenge as government, civil society, and industry make greater commitments to a sustainable future. That’s why today, Orbital […]

Tree Cover Loss Spikes in Russia and Canada, Remains High Globally

By Nigel Sizer, Matt Hansen, Peter Potapov, David Thau, Rachael Petersen and James Anderson New, high-resolution satellite-based maps released today by the University of Maryland and Google on Global Forest Watch, a partnership of over 60 organizations convened by the World Resources Institute, reveal a significant recent surge in tree cover loss largely in Russia and […]