Deforestation

Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Lily and Jane
This week's civil disobedience organized by Jane Fonda came as youth activists took to streets worldwide for the final #FridaysForFuture protests of the year.
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, seen here at the U.N. General Assembly's 74th session on Sept. 24, 2019, said Wednesday that the fires and deforestation in his country aren't coming to an end.
The Brazilian president's new comments came after data confirmed that "2019 has...
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
A fire burns trees next to grazing land in the Amazon basin in Ze Doca, Brazil. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
"These figures confirm what we feared, namely that 2019 has been a dark year...

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Google, the World Resources Institute and 40 other organizations have launched Global Forest Watch, a website that tracks global deforestation in near-real-time. While the site's creators hope to improve forest management, the new ability to "peer into forests" also reveals telling, but mostly discouraging stories: The world has lost over 500 million acres of forest over the last decade, akin to 50 soccer fields every minute of every day, with only a tiny fraction regrown or replanted.