Deforestation

Jessica Corbett, staff writer
John Kerry, the White House climate envoy, speaks during a joint press conference with the French ecological transition minister following their meeting at the Hôtel de Roquelaure in Paris on March 11, 2021. (Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images)
"A climate action approach that seeks to partner with Wall Street without also holding it accountable is no longer credible in 2021."
Jake Johnson, staff writer
Aerial view of a burning area of Amazon rainforest reserve south of Novo Progresso in Para state on August 16, 2020.
"As in past years, commodity-driven deforestation was the leading cause of tree...
Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Aerial view shows 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. (Photo: Lula Sampaio/AFP/Getty Images)
"CO2 is not a lone actor. When you consider the whole cast of other characters...

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.