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Forest Loss Pushes Far Beyond Plantation Boundaries in South America, Africa

By Rachael Petersen, Liz Goldman, Mikaela Weisse and Dmitry Aksenov Which of the world’s forests are natural, and which have been planted by humans? Orangutans at Camp Leakey, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo by James Anderson for WRI (Flickr). It seems like a simple question, but researchers have been struggling to answer it for years. Satellites can’t […]

How accurate is accurate enough? Examining the GLAD global tree cover change data (Part 1)

Part 2 of this blog series available here. In 2013, Dr. Matt Hansen and collaborators at the University of Maryland’s Global Land Analysis and Discovery group (GLAD), Google, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released the first global scale method for annually monitoring changes in tree cover using 30-meter […]

Fires Heat Up as El Nino Develops – Growing Health Concerns as Haze Worsens

By Susan Minnemeyer, Lisa Johnston and Tania Firdausy Indonesia fire alerts spiked to their highest level of the year yesterday, amid forecasts that the developing El Nino may be even stronger than the 1997-98 warming that led to Indonesia’s most catastrophic fire season. With 461 high confidence* fire alerts, today’s count is the highest since the peak of […]

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 […]

Tandai lokasi (geotag) tweet anda

Available in English here. Panggilan bagi seluruh pengguna Twitter! Global Forest Watch membutuhkan bantuan Anda untuk menunjukkan dampak kebakaran hutan dan lahan di Asia Tenggara melalui peta percakapan Twitter pada platform GFW Fires. Dengan menggunakan peta GFW Fires, Anda dapat melacak dan ikut serta dalam percakapan di Twitter melalui layanan media sosial kami menggunakan tweet […]

Fires Spread Across Indonesia as Parliament Approves Haze Treaty

By Susan Minnemeyer, Cecelia Song, Andika Putraditama, James Anderson and  Nigel Sizer Earlier this week, Indonesia’s parliament ratified the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution—12 years after first signing the agreement to reduce haze pollution from land and forest fires in Southeast Asia. The ratification of the treaty, combined with Singapore’s new Transboundary Haze Pollution Act, sends a clear and overdue signal […]

Indonesian Fires Bring More Haze to Southeast Asia

By Ariana Alisjahbana, James Anderson, Susan Minnemeyer, Fred Stolle and Nigel Sizer The governor of Indonesia’s Riau province issued a state of emergency last week as thick haze blanketed large areas of the region, closing down schools and airports. According to local officials, more than 22,000 people have been impacted by respiratory problems–with the potential […]

Peering Through the Haze: What Data Can Tell Us About the Fires in Indonesia

By  Nigel Sizer, Fred Stolle, Susan Minnemeyer, James Anderson, Ariana Alisjahbana, Andika Putraditama and Lisa Johnston. This blog is part of an ongoing series on Indonesia’s fires, originally posted on WRI Insights. Or see updated, real-time fire data on the new Global Forest Watch-Fires platform. People in Indonesia, Singapore, and parts of Malaysia are currently suffering from debilitating levels of haze resulting from forest fires. Air quality levels […]