Deforestation

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 for the rainforest in Brazil."
Jessica Corbett, staff writer
A fire burns in brazil
One scientist said that "if this continues, the forest may no longer be able to...
Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Critics of his environmental agenda warn that "Bolsonaro's policies bring an...

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.