Deforestation

Jessica Corbett, staff writer
"We can either seize the opportunity to transform our food and land use systems or frankly, sleepwalk our way into an ecological and human disaster."
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Aerial view showing smoke billowing from a patch of forest being cleared with fire in the surroundings of Boca do Acre, a city in Amazonas State, in the Amazon basin in northwestern Brazil, on August 24, 2019.
Pope Francis urges protection of "that lung of forests" and French President...
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
A fire burns along a highway in a deforested section of the Amazon basin on November 23, 2014 in Ze Doca, Brazil.
"We will not watch our future burn away," said climate campaigners

Further

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.