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5 Maps Show How Moving Indonesia's Capital Could Impact the Environment

In late August, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced that he will move the country’s capital to another island. The current capital of Jakarta is located on Java, the most populated island in the world. President Widodo’s motivation for moving is that the city is sinking by as much as 6 inches (15 cm) per year, […]

Oil Exploration and Extraction Threatens South American Mangrove Forests

Sometimes described as coral reefs of the forest for the vast diversity of organisms they support, mangrove forests are one of the Earth’s most varied ecosystems. From above, they might look like any other forest, but beneath their canopy, mangroves’ intricate root systems are home to a wealth of marine life. But as human development […]

Satellite Data Reveals State of the World’s Mangrove Forests

By Asa Strong and Susan Minnemeyer Mangrove forests play a vital role in erosion and flood control, fisheries support, carbon storage, biodiversity conservation and nutrient cycling. Photo by Klaus Balzano/Flickr. The word “forest” often calls to mind a dense landscape of towering trees. However, some of the most carbon-rich and productive forests are clustered along coastlines in the tropics and subtropics. Mangrove […]

Global Forest Watch News Roundup: Week of December 8

GFW News Roundup: Forest stories from around the world that demonstrate the power of spatial analysis and open data in improving management of forest landscapes To learn more about GFW, a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system, click here, or follow us on twitter at @globalforests. Top Reads of the Week Brazil’s new deforestation […]