A recent analysis of satellite images gives a glimpse into Peru’s widespread deforestation in 2017. The analysis, which was produced by the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP), found 143,425 hectares of forest were lost across the Peruvian Amazon during 2017 — the equivalent of 200,000 soccer fields. Deforestation was down 13 percent from 2016, but the analysis reveals new forest loss hotspots and conservationists remain concerned for the future of Peru’s forests.
The conversion of tropical forests to crop and pastureland has long been a concern for scientists, as forest loss can lead to decreased rainfall, increased droughts, and degraded freshwater ecosystems. A new study points to another unexpected consequence: changes in fish production. Roughly one-third of the global wild-caught fish yield comes from the tropics. Inland fisheries are vital to that food production.
Between 2000 and 2012 there was an upsurge in large- and medium-scale forest clearings across Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia. That’s according to scientists at Duke University, US, who found that activities contributing to tropical deforestation vary from country to country, and range from artisanal mining to industrial-scale expansions in commodity crop farming.
Google, in collaboration with the Institute of World Resources and 40 other organizations, has developed a new project called Global Forest Watch, which provides view on tendency of forestlands decrease and increase worldwide. One can find on the project’s website photos from NASA satellites for the last 13 years of observations.
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