tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/satellite_imagery1 Satellite Imagery news from mongabay.com 2014-11-18T18:57:46Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14039 2014-11-18T18:51:00Z 2014-11-18T18:57:46Z How remote sensing could change conservation forever Remote sensing has changed the way we see our planet. And it has the power to change how we do conservation work, according to a new paper in Conservation Biology. Written by 32 scientists from organizations as diverse as NASA and the Jane Goodall Institute, the paper highlights ten areas where conservation efforts could benefit from remote sensing data. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14031 2014-11-17T18:36:00Z 2014-11-17T18:44:30Z Brazilian government silent as deforestation rises in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/external/2006/satellite/sat_braz_201x.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon continues to outpace last year's rate by a significant margin, reveals data released today by Imazon, a Brazilian non-profit. Imazon's analysis of satellite data shows that for the 3-month period ended October 31, 2014, deforestation is running 226 percent of last year's rate. Forest degradation, which often precedes outright clearing, is pacing 691 percent ahead of last year. Rhett Butler -3.102121 -56.975956 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13945 2014-10-27T02:36:00Z 2014-10-27T11:39:19Z With drones, satellites, and camera traps proliferating, conservation needs better networking With scientists rapidly adopting and using a range of remote sensing tools for monitoring environmental change, tracking wildlife and measuring biological processes, conservation needs to scale up networking capabilities to maximize the potential of this technological revolution, argues a commentary published in the journal <i>Science</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13911 2014-10-14T23:56:00Z 2014-10-15T16:12:22Z Researchers create global map of world's forests circa 1990 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/global-forest-map-1990_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Researchers have created a global map of the world's forests in the year 1990, enabling accurate comparisons between past and current deforestation rates. The GIS data underpinning the map is available at LandCover.org. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13774 2014-09-12T00:57:00Z 2014-09-12T01:03:10Z Brazil confirms last year's rise in Amazon deforestation Brazil's National Space Agency INPE has officially confirmed last year's rise in Amazon deforestation. Rhett Butler -1.933227 -66.283264 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13772 2014-09-11T18:17:00Z 2014-09-12T00:59:31Z FSC meeting weighs old-growth forest protection, smallholder participation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_1827.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a body that sets social and environmental certification criteria for forestry products, is weighing measures that could step up protection for old-growth forests and make it easier for indigenous people and traditional forest communities to qualify for certification. The measures are set for a vote this week at the body's General Assembly, which is held every three years to establish and revise criteria that underpin the standard. Rhett Butler -6.948239 142.379379 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13641 2014-08-08T03:56:00Z 2014-08-08T04:13:59Z NASA: Forest loss leaps in Bolivia, Mekong region New satellite data from NASA suggests that deforestation is sharply increasing in Bolivia and Mekong countries during the second quarter of 2014. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13633 2014-08-05T22:10:00Z 2014-08-05T22:15:17Z 95% of Amazon deforestation happens near roads or major rivers 94.9 percent of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon occurs on land less than 5 kilometers from a road or navigable river, finds a new study published in the journal <i>Biological Conservation</i>. Rhett Butler -10.281393 -63.27886 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13603 2014-07-30T13:19:00Z 2014-07-30T13:29:10Z Stunning high-resolution map reveals secrets of Peru's forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0730-peru-carbon-map150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Peru’s landmass has just been mapped like never before, revealing important insights about the country's forests that could help it unlock the value healthy and productive ecosystems afford humanity. Rhett Butler -5.16754 -75.038223 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13595 2014-07-29T02:18:00Z 2014-07-29T03:43:28Z Palm oil company clears rainforest in New Guinea <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/indonesia/150/aceh_1423.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An Indonesian Stock Exchange-listed company whose commissioner is a member of The Nature Conservancy-Indonesia's board has been clearing dense rainforest in New Guinea, finds a new report from Greenomics-Indonesia. The report is based on analysis of data from Global Forest Watch, NASA satellites, Indonesia's Ministry of Forestry, and company documents. Rhett Butler -1.830972 132.477214 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13555 2014-07-17T13:12:00Z 2014-07-17T13:29:45Z Scientists can now accurately count polar bears...from space Polar bears are big animals. As the world's largest land predators, a single male can weigh over a staggering 700 kilograms (about 1,500 pounds). But as impressive as they are, it's difficult to imagine counting polar bears from space. Still, this is exactly what scientists have done according to a new paper in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. Jeremy Hance 69.108688 -78.727886 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13554 2014-07-16T21:09:00Z 2014-08-10T18:23:18Z 30% of Borneo's rainforests destroyed since 1973 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/borneo-forest-cover-map150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>More than 30 percent of Borneo's rainforests have been destroyed over the past forty years due to fires, industrial logging, and the spread of plantations, finds a new study that provides the most comprehensive analysis of the island's forest cover to date. The research, published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, shows that just over a quarter of Borneo's lowland forests remain intact. Rhett Butler 0.900842 114.803696 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13431 2014-06-23T22:02:00Z 2014-06-23T22:11:01Z Wilmar to investigate palm oil company allegedly destroying orangutan forest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0623greenomicsgfw150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A Wilmar supplier is allegedly destroying orangutan habitat in Indonesian Borneo, potentially putting it in breach of the plantation giant's zero deforestation policy, reports Greenomics. According to analysis of satellite data by Greenomics, PT Sumatera Jaya Agro Lestari (SJAL) has cleared an area of forest that is classified as orangutan habitat. Rhett Butler -0.380742 110.379626 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13412 2014-06-19T13:10:00Z 2014-06-19T13:25:25Z Using Google Earth to protect uncontacted tribes in the Amazon rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0619.uncontactedribe.govbrasil.closeup.72099.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 2008, images of an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil created ripples. With bodies painted in bright colors, members of the tribe aimed their arrows at a Brazilian government plane flying overhead, occupants of which were attempting to photograph the tribe to prove their existence. Now, a new study has found another way to survey such tribes safely and remotely&#8212;using satellite images. Jeremy Hance -5.525416 -72.670248 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13386 2014-06-13T21:52:00Z 2014-06-14T00:20:00Z Protecting rainforests could sequester equivalent of a third of global emissions annually <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0613-carbon-emissions150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>liminating deforestation, peatlands and forest degradation, and forest fires in the tropics could reduce global carbon emissions by two billion tons a year, or nearly a fifth, argues a new study published in <i>Global Change Biology</i>. The research analyzed various emissions sources and sinks across the tropics. They found that carbon emissions from activities that damage and destroy forests are nearly counterbalanced by forest regrowth, reforestation, and afforestation. Rhett Butler -2.427252 -75.214005 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13345 2014-06-05T13:04:00Z 2014-06-08T22:34:58Z Oil company breaks agreement, builds big roads in Yasuni rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1112-5_Karla.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>When the Ecuadorian government approved permits for an oil company to drill deep in Yasuni National Park, it was on the condition that the company undertake a roadless design with helicopters doing most of the leg-work. However, a new report based on high-resolution satellite imagery has uncovered that the company, Petroamazonas, has flouted the agreement's conditions, building a massive access road. Jeremy Hance -0.942388 -75.716907 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13224 2014-05-14T00:45:00Z 2014-05-14T01:13:27Z NASA data: 1997 all over again for Indonesia? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0513-nasa-el-nino-1997-2014_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The latest data from NASA shows that conditions developing in the tropical Pacific are eerily similar to those in 1997, when El Ni&ntilde;o wreaked havoc across Indonesia, spurring a severe drought that exacerbated massive peatland and forest fires which spread choking haze across much of South and Southeast Asia. Rhett Butler -1.142502 -97.396545 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13154 2014-04-30T14:48:00Z 2014-04-30T15:02:56Z NASA photographs the amazing 'guitar forest' After his wife died of an aneurysm at the age of 25, Pedro Martin Ureta set about to plant her a legacy: a forest in the shape of a guitar. His wife, Graciela Yraizoz&#8212;who gave him four children&#8212;suggested the idea shortly before her sudden death in 1977. Jeremy Hance -33.867899 -63.986748 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13132 2014-04-25T13:45:00Z 2014-04-25T19:42:46Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Crowdsourced forest monitoring <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0423.brazil_0395.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In the Brazilian Amazon, deforestation alerts are being submitted via smartphones. On the ground technicians send alerts to a database stored in 'the cloud.' This information is added to maps, which, along with satellite imagery, are used to inform law enforcement. And the speed of this process is getting real results. Jeremy Hance -11.091665 -57.459438 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13115 2014-04-21T22:19:00Z 2014-04-22T19:19:20Z NASA detects surge in deforestation in Malaysia, Bolivia during first quarter of 2014 Forest disturbance in Malaysia, Bolivia, Panama, and Ecuador surged during the first quarter of 2014, according to NASA data. Rhett Butler 0.887111 112.314209 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13068 2014-04-10T21:53:00Z 2014-04-10T22:14:00Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Empowering everyone to watch over forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0410.NigelSizer_image.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Nigel Sizer has worked on the forefront of global forest issues for decades. Currently, he is the Global Director of the World Resource Institute's (WRI) Forests Program, whose projects include the Global Forest Watch, the Forest Legality Alliance, and the Global Restoration Initiative. These programs work with governments, businesses, and civil society with the aim of sustaining forests for generations to come. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12955 2014-03-19T23:44:00Z 2014-03-20T13:14:33Z Deforestation tracking system recognized with global innovation award A global deforestation tracking tool developed by Mongabay and NASA has been honored as a Finalist for the 2013 Katerva Award. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12858 2014-03-01T16:15:00Z 2014-03-06T00:11:12Z Sharp jump in deforestation when Amazon parks lose protected status Areas that have had their protected status removed or reduced have experienced a sharp increase in forest loss thereafter, finds a new study published by Imazon, a Brazilian NGO. Rhett Butler -9.102097 -61.952333 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12820 2014-02-24T22:29:00Z 2014-02-25T00:17:26Z New forest map for Sarawak reveals large-scale deforestation, encroachment on indigenous territories <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0224-sarawak-land-use-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new online platform released by the Bruno Manser Fund reveals large-scale destruction of Sarawak's rainforests, peatlands, and traditional lands. Drawing from a variety of sources, the Sarawak Geoportal includes data on logging concessions, oil palm plantations, existing and proposed dams, historical forest cover, the extent of indigenous cultivated areas, election results, and area where there are current native customary rights (NCR) disputes. Rhett Butler 4.186181 115.146117 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12791 2014-02-20T14:36:00Z 2014-02-20T19:00:30Z Revolutionary Google-backed system unlocks power of 'big data' to save forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0220wri01_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>World Resources Institute (WRI) today announced the release of a tool that promises to revolutionize forest monitoring. The platform, called Global Forest Watch and developed over several years with more than 40 partners, draws from a rich array of big data related to the word's forests and translates it into interactive maps and charts that reveal trends in deforestation, forest recovery, and industrial forestry expansion. Global Forest Watch is the first tool to monitors global forests on a monthly basis, allowing authorities and conservationists to potentially take action against deforestation as it is occurring. Rhett Butler 38.899016 -77.008048 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12705 2014-01-30T07:48:00Z 2014-01-30T14:36:23Z NASA data reveals impact of cyclones on forests in Vietnam, Madagascar Forest disturbance in Madagascar and Vietnam increased significantly in the aftermath of cyclones that hit the countries last year, according to a forest tracking tool developed by a team of NASA researchers. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12532 2013-12-17T17:36:00Z 2013-12-19T18:59:44Z Democratizing forest monitoring on a global scale <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/1217PRAsnerCLASlite150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Efforts to map and analyze deforestation and forest degradation got a boost today when Stanford University announced a new online course that provides training on how to use advance forest monitoring software. The course, which is freely available via Stanford University Online Learning, could immediately increase the capacity of environmentalists, forest managers, and researchers to track changes in forest cover. Rhett Butler 37.428735 -122.179114 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12495 2013-12-09T18:46:00Z 2013-12-20T05:41:13Z Conventional satellite imagery may underestimate forest clearing for subsistence agriculture Analysis of forest cover using medium-scale satellite imagery may miss deforestation for small-scale subsistence agriculture, finds a study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Rhett Butler -4.959615 21.878356 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12457 2013-11-27T02:03:00Z 2013-11-27T02:41:20Z Google Earth reveals fish catch is 6 times greater than thought in Persian Gulf Google Earth has once again been used by researchers for scientific discovery. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12435 2013-11-22T17:27:00Z 2013-11-25T15:20:50Z Satellites reveal browning mountain forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/manu_1078.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In a dramatic response to global warming, tropical forests in the high elevation areas of five continents have been "browning" since the 1990s. They have been steadily losing foliage, and showing less photosynthetic activity. Scientists analyzed the forest cover by using satellites to measure sunlight bouncing off the surface of the earth, then determining the different surface types via reflection patterns. Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12390 2013-11-15T23:08:00Z 2013-11-21T00:09:07Z Malaysia has the world's highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest map <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/1115-malaysian-borneo150.gif" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Malaysia had the world's highest rate of forest loss between 2000 and 2012, according to a new global forest map developed in partnership with Google. Malaysia's total forest loss during the period amounted to 14.4 percent of its year 2000 forest cover. The loss translates to 47,278 square kilometers (18,244 square miles), an area larger than the country of Denmark. Rhett Butler 3.414725 114.223137 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12385 2013-11-14T23:42:00Z 2013-12-24T15:53:10Z Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon jumps 28% in 2013 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/06/braz_defor_88-05-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon jumped 28% in 2013 sparking concerns that recent progress in reducing forest loss in the world's largest rainforest may be in danger of reversing. The preliminary data, released Thursday by the Brazilian government, shows that 5,843 square kilometers (2,256 sq miles) of rainforest was cleared across the 'Legal Amazon' between August 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12384 2013-11-14T21:31:00Z 2013-11-22T03:08:17Z Deforestation accelerates in Indonesia, finds Google forest map <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/1114-INDONESIA-tree-cover150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Forest loss in Indonesia has sharply risen over the past 12 years, reports a new study published in the journal <i>Science</i>. The study, led by Matt Hansen of University of Maryland, finds that Indonesia lost 15.8 million hectares between 2000 and 2012, ranking it fifth behind Russia, Brazil, the United States, and Canada in terms of forest loss. Some 7 million hectares of forest regrew during the period. Rhett Butler -0.362546 102.445678 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12383 2013-11-14T20:12:00Z 2013-11-15T07:30:06Z Zero net deforestation is the wrong target, warn experts <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_2829.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Environmental initiatives that target zero net deforestation may miss their mark when it comes to slowing climate change and protecting biodiversity, warns a commentary published in this week's issue of the journal <i>Science</i>. While zero net deforestation may seem like a worthy target in efforts to curb forest loss, Sandra Brown and Daniel Zarin argue that the goal is at best, ambiguous, and at worst, may lead to perverse outcomes for the world's forests. Rhett Butler 37.791019 -122.4085 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12378 2013-11-14T19:12:00Z 2014-01-20T20:15:57Z Powered by Google, high resolution forest map reveals massive deforestation worldwide <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/1114-umd150.gif" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Researchers today released a long-awaited tool that reveals the extent of forest cover loss and gain on a global scale. Powered by Google's massive computing cloud, the interactive forest map establishes a new baseline for measuring deforestation and forest recovery across all of the world's countries, biomes, and forest types. The map has far-reaching implications for efforts to slow deforestation, which accounts for roughly ten percent of greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activities, according to the authors of the paper that describes the tool and details its first findings. Rhett Butler 37.422032 -122.084039 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12304 2013-11-01T21:22:00Z 2013-11-01T21:25:07Z Bolivia, Madagascar, China see jump in forest loss Loss of forest cover increased sharply in Bolivia, Madagascar, and Ecuador during the third quarter of 2013, according to an update from NASA scientists. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12275 2013-10-29T17:41:00Z 2013-10-29T17:44:11Z 50,000 km of roads built across Brazilian Amazon in 3 years Roads are rapidly expanding across the Brazilian Amazon opening up once remote rainforests to loggers, miners, ranchers, farmers, and land speculators, finds a new study published in the journal <i>Regional Environmental Change</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12268 2013-10-28T19:36:00Z 2014-02-20T19:21:55Z Gold mining in the Amazon rainforest surges 400% <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/peru_aerial_1475.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The extent of gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon has surged 400 percent since 1999 due to rocketing gold prices, wreaking havoc on forests and devastating local rivers, finds a new study published in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> (PNAS). The assessment, led by Greg Asner of the Carnegie Institution for Science, is based on a combination of satellite imagery, on-the-ground field surveys, and an advanced airplane-based sensor that can accurately measure the rainforest canopy and sub-canopy vegetation at a resolution of 1.1 meters (42 inches). Rhett Butler -12.768277 -70.545387 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12211 2013-10-16T23:15:00Z 2013-10-16T23:19:39Z June fires concentrated in peatlands, burned 1,500 sq km in Sumatra Fires that sent a choking haze across Singapore and Malaysia in June burned some 1,500 square kilometers in Riau Province and were predominantly concentrated on peatlands, reports the World Resources Institute (WRI). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12072 2013-09-12T21:03:00Z 2013-09-12T21:46:55Z Brazil's satellite data suggests rise in Amazon deforestation over past year <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/bprodes-deter-inpe-brazil150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon appears to have risen significantly over the past year, according to data released by the country's space agency, INPE. Data aggregated from INPE's monthly deforestation alert system shows a 34 percent rise for the 12 months ended July 31, 2013 relative to the year-earlier period. Rhett Butler -3.417466 -59.342866 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12026 2013-09-06T04:52:00Z 2014-02-20T19:26:32Z Satellite reveals 'hidden' 1000-ha oil palm plantation in Amazon rainforest in Peru A regional forestry official in Peru has expressed surprise over the sudden appearance of a 1000-hectare oil palm plantation in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Rhett Butler -3.997494 -73.056875 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12021 2013-09-05T03:07:00Z 2013-09-05T12:46:21Z Indonesia should convert logging concessions to protected areas to stop deforestation for plantations, argues study <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/indonesia/150/kalteng_0079.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Reclassifying logging concessions as permanent forest estates and thereby barring them from conversion to industrial plantations would be an effective strategy for helping conserve Indonesia's fast-dwindling forests, argues a new study published in <i>PLoS ONE</i>. The study analyzed forest loss in areas zoned for different uses in Indonesian Borneo. It found that deforestation rates in timber concessions and protected areas were 'not significantly different' provided logging concessions were not reclassified as industrial plantation concessions. Rhett Butler -0.53836 114.596786 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11929 2013-08-16T18:11:00Z 2013-08-16T19:08:27Z Deforestation alerts for Madagascar, DRC, Bolivia during Q2-2013 Loss of forest, woodland, and savanna increased sharply in Madagascar, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Bolivia during the second quarter of 2013, reports a new assessment by NASA scientists. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11838 2013-07-25T20:53:00Z 2013-07-25T21:24:27Z Near real-time deforestation monitoring system to go global A near real-time deforestation monitoring system will soon cover all the world's tropical forests, report the researchers behind the initiative. Rhett Butler 3.502455 -76.355034 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11806 2013-07-22T21:18:00Z 2013-07-22T21:51:24Z Researchers produce the most accurate carbon map for an entire country <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0722-panama-carbon-map150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Researchers working in Panama have produced the most accurate carbon map for an entire country. Using satellite imagery and extremely high-resolution Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data from airplane-based sensors, a team led by Greg Asner produced a detailed carbon map across the Central American country's forests. The map reveals variations in forest carbon density resulting from elevation, slope, climate, vegetation type, and canopy coverage. Rhett Butler 9.170568 -79.746033 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11800 2013-07-22T05:47:00Z 2013-07-23T05:31:08Z Deforestation rate falls in Congo Basin countries <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0722-africa-rainforest-map-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation has fallen in Congo Basin countries over the past decade despite a sharp increase in the rate of forest clearing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to a new study published in the <i>Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B</i> as part of a set of 18 papers</a> on the region's tropical forests. The special issue, which was put together by Oxford University's Yadvinder Malhi, covers a range of issues relating to the rainforests of the Congo Basin, including deforestation, the impacts of global change, the history and key characteristics of the region's forests, and resource extraction, among others. Rhett Butler -4.171115 20.823212 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11790 2013-07-19T01:10:00Z 2013-07-19T13:49:27Z Deforestation rate doubles in the Amazon rainforest, says group Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is up 103 percent over this time last year, reports the latest assessment by Imazon, a Brazil-based NGO. Rhett Butler -3.162456 -48.939457 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11784 2013-07-17T21:04:00Z 2013-07-18T16:52:58Z 80% of rainforests in Malaysian Borneo logged <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0717FigureS2_PLOS1150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>80 percent of the rainforests in Malaysian Borneo have been heavily impacted by logging, finds a comprehensive study that offers the first assessment of the spread of industrial logging and logging roads across areas that were considered some of Earth's wildest lands less than 30 years ago. The research, conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Tasmania, University of Papua New Guinea, and the Carnegie Institution for Science, is based on analysis of satellite data using Carnegie Landsat Analysis System-lite (CLASlite), a freely available platform for measuring deforestation and forest degradation. It estimated the state of the region's forests as of 2009. Rhett Butler 1.804206 114.595213 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11757 2013-07-10T16:57:00Z 2013-07-10T21:24:10Z Haze fires concentrated in deforested peatlands, not forest areas, confirms satellite analysis <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0710riau-burnscars150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new mapping tool based on NASA satellite data confirms that the majority of fires that drove the recent haze over Sumatra and Malaysia were concentrated in deforested peatlands and scrub, rather than natural forest areas. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11655 2013-06-26T23:57:00Z 2013-07-05T17:02:33Z Cause of haze? Up to 87% of recent deforestation in fire zone due to palm oil, timber <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0626-RIAU-DEFORESTATION-FATE150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>New analysis of land cover in Riau Province reveals the outsized role industrial plantations play in driving deforestation and associated haze. The analysis, conducted by Eyes on the Forest, finds that up to 56% of deforestation in Riau between 2007 and 2012 can be linked to timber plantations for pulp and paper production. The figure for oil palm plantations may be as high as 31%. Rhett Butler 1.286666 102.058639 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11654 2013-06-26T21:41:00Z 2014-02-12T22:15:31Z Deforestation rates for Amazon countries outside Brazil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0626-amazon-deforestation-accumulated-by-country-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation has sharply increased in Amazon countries outside of Brazil, finds a new analysis based on satellite data. Using data from Terra-i, O-Eco's InfoAmazonia team has developed updated forest cover maps for Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. The results reveal an increasing trend in forest clearing since 2004. Rhett Butler -10.833306 -71.7334 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11651 2013-06-26T15:37:00Z 2013-07-05T17:03:06Z Wind, not big increase in forest fires, driving haze in Singapore Wind patterns, rather than a sharp increase in fires, is to blame for the record setting air pollution affecting Singapore and Malaysia, finds new analysis by the World Resources Institute (WRI). Rhett Butler 1.462396 101.770248 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11611 2013-06-17T17:48:00Z 2013-06-25T00:24:29Z Singapore chokes on haze from deforestation fires Singapore and Malaysian officials have asked Indonesia to take 'urgent measures' to address forest fires in Sumatra that are sending choking haze northward, reports <i>AFP</i>. Rhett Butler 1.346045 103.763756 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11608 2013-06-13T23:42:00Z 2013-06-18T13:03:58Z Peru opens deforestation data to the public, shows drop in Amazon forest clearing Peru has made its comprehensive deforestation data available to the public. Rhett Butler -8.494105 -74.402847 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11575 2013-06-10T23:46:00Z 2013-06-18T13:07:29Z NASA: Deforestation jumps in Malaysia Deforestation jumped during the first three months of 2013 in Malaysia, Nepal and Mexico, according to a forest tracking tool developed by a team of NASA researchers. Rhett Butler 4.749229 100.859272 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11566 2013-06-09T04:20:00Z 2013-06-18T13:05:25Z Amazon fire risk on the rise, says NASA The Amazon rainforest is facing a higher risk of fires this dry season, warns a fire prediction system developed by researchers using NASA and NOAA data. Rhett Butler -11.633406 -55.344057 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11563 2013-06-08T10:42:00Z 2013-06-10T02:14:35Z NASA: 3% of Amazon rainforest burned between 1999-2010 33,000 square miles (85,500 square kilometers) or 2.8 percent of the Amazon rainforest burned between 1999-2010 finds new NASA-led research that measured the extent of fires that smolder under the forest canopy. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11537 2013-06-02T18:06:00Z 2013-06-03T18:05:46Z Data from NASA's Landsat 8 now freely available <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0602landsat150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Data from NAA's Landsat 8 is now freely available, enabling researchers and the general public to access images captured by the satellite within twelve hours of reception. Landsat 8 launched this February and has been capturing images since April. The satellite orbits Earth every 99 minutes and captures images of every point on the planet every 16 days, beaming 400 high resolution images to ground stations every 24 hours. Rhett Butler 7.2297 121.94771 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11451 2013-05-18T21:55:00Z 2013-05-19T05:09:29Z Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon pacing 88% higher than last year's rate Satellite analysis by a Brazil-based NGO indicates that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon continues to pace well ahead of last year, when the government passed a weakened version of its law governing use of forest lands. Rhett Butler -2.831946 -59.869308 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11447 2013-05-17T04:02:00Z 2013-05-18T04:46:32Z Researchers develop highest-resolution global forest cover dataset to date Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a 30-meter resolution forest cover data set that could boost efforts to track deforestation and forest degradation. Rhett Butler 38.991304 -76.942406 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11405 2013-05-10T20:22:00Z 2013-05-10T21:06:25Z Google Time-lapse offers view of Earth over 3 decades <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/timelapse-amazon150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Google has released a series of time-lapse images showing global change between 1984 and 2012. The images are sourced from NASA's Landsat mission, a series of Earth-observation satellites that have orbited the planet since 1972, providing scientists, policymakers, and the general public with a wealth of data and imagery used for a wide range of applications. Rhett Butler -11.005904 -61.175538 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11393 2013-05-08T23:41:00Z 2013-05-09T05:53:25Z Brazil's satellite monitoring reduced Amazon deforestation by 60,000 sq km in 5 years Brazil's advanced satellite monitoring system, coupled with increased law enforcement, was responsible for nearly 60 percent of the 101,000 square kilometer-drop in deforestation observed between 2007 and 2011, argues a new study published an international think tank. Rhett Butler -10.271681 -64.286499 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11204 2013-04-09T23:46:00Z 2013-07-12T03:22:16Z Entire planet will soon have rapid deforestation detection system World Resources Institute (WRI) today previewed a long-awaited tool that could revolutionize global forest monitoring, reports the UN Forum on Forests, which is meeting this week in Istanbul, Turkey. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11154 2013-04-03T13:59:00Z 2013-04-06T16:31:43Z Conservation gets boost from new Landsat satellite <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/external/2006/satellite/sat_braz_amazon_32x.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Efforts to monitor the world's forests and other ecosystems got a big boost in February with the launch of Landsat 8, NASA's newest earth observation satellite, which augments the crippled Landsat 7 currently orbiting Earth (technically Landsat 8 is still named the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) and will remain so until May when the USGS turns control of the satellite over to NASA). Landsat 8/LDCM is the most advanced Earth observation satellite to date. It is the eighth Landsat since the initial launch in 1972. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11134 2013-03-28T22:42:00Z 2013-04-02T02:04:54Z Brazilian govt confirms rise in deforestation Brazil's National Space Research Agency INPE today confirmed an apparent rise in Amazon forest clearing for the four-month period ending February 28, 2013. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11130 2013-03-28T01:05:00Z 2013-03-28T01:19:14Z Conflict zones have higher deforestation rates in the Amazon Areas in the Amazon where there is conflict over land tenure have higher deforestation rates than places where land rights are secure, finds a new study that assesses the effectiveness of indicators used to gauge the success of protected areas in Brazil. Rhett Butler -11.738302 -53.177491 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11067 2013-03-19T13:38:00Z 2013-03-19T14:00:23Z APP conservation policy came after it pulped most of its forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0319app-mth150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Asia Pulp &amp; Paper's widely heralded forest conservation policy came after the forestry giant had already cleared nearly all of the legally protected forests within its concessions in Sumatra, alleges a new report published by Greenomics, an Indonesian environmental group. Rhett Butler 0.356796 102.122126 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11059 2013-03-18T07:20:00Z 2013-03-18T11:36:49Z Deforestation in key Madagascar park accelerated after 2009 coup d'etat, finds satellite analysis Deforestation and forest disturbance in Madagascar's largest national park increased significantly less than a year after a coup displaced the country's democratically-elected president in 2009, finds a new study that analyzed forest cover in Masoala National Park. Rhett Butler -15.164393 50.082390 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10980 2013-03-05T17:32:00Z 2013-04-09T17:25:54Z A promising initiative to address deforestation in Brazil at the local level <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0227verissimo150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The history of the Brazilian Amazon has long been marked by deforestation and degradation. Until recently the situation has been considered out of control. Then, in 2004, the Brazilian government launched an ambitious program to combat deforestation. Public pressure—both national and international—was one of the reasons that motivated the government to act. Another reason was that in 2004, deforestation contributed to more than 55 percent of Brazil’s total greenhouse gas emissions, making Brazil the fourth-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world. Rhett Butler -3.022584 -47.348328 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10883 2013-02-15T14:50:00Z 2013-02-23T23:41:58Z Is APP deal a sign of a changing forestry sector? Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), one of the world’s largest paper companies, announced earlier this month that it will no longer cut down natural forests in Indonesia and will demand similar commitments from its suppliers. The announcement was received with guarded optimism by Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, World Wildlife Fund, and other NGOs who have waged a persistent campaign to change APP’s forest policies. Rhett Butler 0.701734 101.545258 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10798 2013-02-01T20:50:00Z 2013-02-24T00:28:13Z Rate of tree die-off in Amazon higher than conventionally believed The rate of tree mortality in the Amazon rainforest due to storm damage and drought is 9-17 percent higher than conventionally believed, reports a study published in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> (PNAS). Rhett Butler -3.118576 -60.012817 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10777 2013-01-29T13:18:00Z 2013-01-31T14:04:38Z NASA data registers strong deforestation signals in Sumatra, Borneo, Brazil, Gabon NASA satellites picked up signals of extensive potential deforestation in Sumatra, Borneo, Central Africa, the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazon, the Choc&oacute; in Colombia and Ecuador, and the Chaco region of Paraguay between October 1 and December 31, 2012, according to the latest update on Mongabay.com's Global Forest Disturbance Alert System (GloF-DAS). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10725 2013-01-18T23:04:00Z 2013-01-19T02:49:09Z Amazon deforestation rate pacing ahead of last year Data released by Imazon, a Brazil-based NGO, shows that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon continues to pace well ahead of last year's record low rate. Rhett Butler -3.107606 -60.019134 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10633 2013-01-02T19:55:00Z 2013-01-02T20:04:15Z Fires burn over a third more land than estimated Scientists currently detect fires around the world using moderate resolution satellite imagery, however a new study in the Journal of Geophysical Research finds that this tool misses many of the world's smaller fires, which add up. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10614 2012-12-24T20:36:00Z 2012-12-24T23:32:02Z Amazon rainforest failing to recover after droughts The impact of a major drought in the Amazon rainforest in 2005 persisted far longer than previously believed, raising questions about the world's largest tropical forest to cope with the expected impacts of climate change, reports a new study published in the journal <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10458 2012-11-27T20:21:00Z 2012-12-23T22:05:27Z Brazil's deforestation at record low from 2011-2012 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/06/braz_defor_88-05-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon fell to the lowest rate since annual record-keeping began in 1988 according to provisional data released Tuesday by Brazil's National Space Research Agency (INPE). 1,798 square miles (4,656 square kilometers) of Amazon forest was chopped down during the 12 months ending July 31, 2012, 27 percent less than the year earlier period. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10416 2012-11-16T04:36:00Z 2012-12-23T22:04:01Z Amazon deforestation tracking higher in Brazil Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon continues to rise off historic lows according to satellite data released this week by Imazon, a Brazil-based NGO. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10411 2012-11-15T18:15:00Z 2012-11-15T18:19:02Z Featured video: on-the-ground look at Brazil's fight against deforestation A new video by the Guardian takes an on-the-ground look at Brazil's efforts to tackle deforestation in the Amazon. Using satellite imagery, an elite team of enforcement agents are now able to react swiftly to illegal deforestation. The crackdown on deforestation has been successful: destruction of the Amazon has slowed by around 75 percent in the last 8 years. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10366 2012-11-06T07:57:00Z 2012-12-23T22:02:55Z Strong deforestation signals from Central and West Africa in July, August, and September 2012 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/1106glofdas-sept30-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>NASA satellites picked up signals of potential deforestation across extensive parts of Latin America, West and Central Africa, and Southeast Asia between July 1 and September 30, according to the latest update on Mongabay.com's Global Forest Disturbance Alert System (GloF-DAS). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10244 2012-10-08T14:23:00Z 2012-10-08T14:32:17Z 90 percent of oil palm plantations came at expense of forest in Kalimantan <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/indonesia/150/kalimantan_0034.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>From 1990 to 2010 almost all palm oil expansion in Kalimantan came at the expense of forest cover, according to the most detailed look yet at the oil palm industry in the Indonesian state, published in Nature: Climate Change. Palm oil plantations now cover 31,640 square kilometers of the state, having expanded nearly 300 percent since 2000. The forest loss led to the emission of 0.41 gigatons of carbon, more than Indonesia's total industrial emissions produced in a year. Furthermore the scientists warn that if all current leases were converted by 2020, over a third of Kalimantan's lowland forests outside of protected areas would become plantations and nearly quadruple emissions. Jeremy Hance -1.579085 114.045868 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10230 2012-10-03T20:12:00Z 2012-10-03T20:27:10Z NASA satellites catch vast deforestation inside Virunga National Park Two satellite images by NASA, one from February 13, 1999 and the other from September 1, 2008 (see below), show that Virunga National Park is under assault from deforestation. Located in the eastern edge of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) the park has been assailed by entrenched conflict between rebels and government forces, as well as slash-and-burn farming, the charcoal trade, and a booming human population. Jeremy Hance -1.255088 29.223175 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10186 2012-09-22T00:40:00Z 2012-09-22T01:00:31Z Amazon deforestation jumps in August <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/0921deter150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Satellite imagery released by the Brazil's National Space Research Institute (INPE) reveals a sharp jump in deforestation during the month of August. The new data, which wasn't publicized by usual press release on INPE's homepage, was first highlighted by O Eco, a Brazilian environmental news site. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10121 2012-09-12T14:09:00Z 2012-09-12T19:26:40Z NASA image shows why San Francisco is foggy The short answer to why San Francisco, California is foggy? The Pacific Ocean's marine layer. A new image by NASA's Earth Observing-1 satellite shows the marine layer&#8212;cool, heavy air produced by a colder ocean surface meeting warmer air&#8212;encroaching on the metropolis. Western winds push the marine layer over the city, which brings dense cloud cover over the city, and often engulfs buildings, bridges, and people in fog. Jeremy Hance 37.784554 -122.424831 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10093 2012-09-04T19:35:00Z 2012-09-05T02:15:25Z Forest expands 3% in Colombia during 2000s, but loss grows in llanos region Colombia gained nearly 17,000 square kilometers of forest between 2001 and 2010 as forests recovered in mountainous regions in the Andes, reports a new study published in the journal <i>PLoS One</i>. Rhett Butler 4.143722 -73.631195 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10042 2012-08-21T13:26:00Z 2012-08-22T03:14:29Z Dry forests disappearing faster than rainforests in Latin America Countries across Latin America lost 78,000 square kilometers of subtropical and tropical dry broadleaf forests between 2001 and 2010, according to a new satellite-based assessment published in the journal <i>Biotropica</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10043 2012-08-21T02:29:00Z 2012-08-22T01:34:54Z Independent assessment confirms drop in Amazon deforestation for 2011-2012 Independent analysis has confirmed a drop in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon for the year ended July 31, 2012. Rhett Butler -1.443906 -48.469577 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9989 2012-08-09T18:21:00Z 2012-08-09T18:29:33Z Deforestation accelerates in Belize Deforestation in Belize has accelerated since late 2010, reports a new satellite-based assessment of the tiny Central American country's forest cover by CATHALAC (the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9957 2012-08-02T20:10:00Z 2012-08-04T14:52:39Z Brazil's deforestation rate still on decline in 2012? Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon fell by more than a fifth for the 12-month period ending July 31, 2012, according to preliminary data released by Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9942 2012-07-30T21:58:00Z 2012-07-30T22:11:43Z European Space Agency releases time series showing Amazon deforestation The European Space Agency last week released an animation showing deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon between 1986 and 2010. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9937 2012-07-30T17:29:00Z 2012-07-30T17:38:51Z 10 African countries to develop satellite-based deforestation tracking systems with help of Brazil Ten tropical African countries will receive training and support to develop national forest monitoring systems, reports the United Nations. Brazil, which has an advanced deforestation tracking system, will guide the initiative in partnership with the Central Africa Forests Commission (COMIFAC) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9933 2012-07-29T23:26:00Z 2012-07-30T04:12:24Z Chart: Tropical forest loss between 2000-2005 A study published last month in the journal <i>Science</i> came up with new estimates of tropical forest loss between 2000 and 2005. The research &#8212; led by Nancy Harris of Winrock International and also involving scientists from Applied GeoSolutions, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Maryland &#8212; was based on analysis of remote sensing data calibrated with field studies. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9910 2012-07-25T20:50:00Z 2012-07-30T15:43:16Z 165,000 sq km of Colombian rainforest mapped in stunning detail using lasers, satellites <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/12/0725ASNERco150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Scientists have created high-resolution carbon maps for 165,000 square kilometers (64,000 square miles) of forest across roughly 40 percent of the Colombian Amazon, greatly boosting the ability of the South American nation to measure emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, reports the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University, which led the effort. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9901 2012-07-25T00:45:00Z 2012-07-25T01:48:07Z Pictures: 40 years of NASA's Earth-observing satellite program Landsat, NASA's Earth-observing satellite program, turned 40 on Monday. The space agency celebrated by releasing some of the program's best images showing how landscapes have changed in the past 40 years, including the five most popular 'Earth as Art' images. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9899 2012-07-24T23:56:00Z 2012-07-25T00:05:57Z Record 97 percent of Greenland's ice sheet experienced melting in July 97 percent of Greenland's ice sheet experienced some degree of melting this July, a record extent of melt, says NASA. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9870 2012-07-19T23:40:00Z 2012-07-20T02:26:24Z NASA satellites register deforestation hotspots in Cambodia, Myanmar, Ecuador for Apr-Jun 2012 period NASA satellites picked up extensive signals of potential deforestation across large parts of the tropics between April 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012, according to the latest update on Mongabay.com's Global Forest Disturbance Alert System. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9844 2012-07-15T21:12:00Z 2012-07-15T22:03:46Z Charts: deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia, 2000-2010 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/12/SEASIA-forest-cover-change150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indonesia and Malaysia lost more than 11 million hectares (42,470 square miles) of forest between 2000 and 2010, according to a study published last year in the journal <i>Global Change Biology</i>. The area is roughly the size of Denmark or the state of Virginia. The bulk of forest loss occurred in lowland forests, which declined by 7.8 million hectares or 11 percent on 2000 cover. Peat swamp forests lost the highest percentage of cover, declining 19.7 percent. Lowland forests have historically been first targeted by loggers before being converted for agriculture. Peatlands are increasingly converted for industrial oil palm estates and pulp and paper plantations. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9814 2012-07-11T18:34:00Z 2012-07-11T20:57:59Z Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, Peru get big boost in deforestation tracking, biomass measurement <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/12/7011claslite150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Efforts to rapidly and accurately track deforestation and forest degradation in Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru got a boost this week with a special technical training session organized by the Governors Climate and Forest Task Force. The meeting, convened at Stanford University and Google's Silicon Valley campus, paired staffers from government agencies and NGOs in the four tropical countries with technical experts from the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), the Carnegie Institution for Science, the Forum on Readiness for REDD, Woods Hole Research Center, and Google Earth Outreach. The participants received training to augment existing deforestation, forest degradation and biomass monitoring capabilities, which are highly variable both between countries and within sub-national agencies and jurisdictions. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9721 2012-06-21T19:53:00Z 2012-06-21T20:04:03Z New geojournalism mapping platform for the Amazon A new mapping platform combines georeferenced environmental news articles with data on deforestation, fires, protected areas, and oil and gas concessions in the Amazon. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9720 2012-06-21T17:58:00Z 2012-06-21T18:38:45Z Deforestation accounts for 10 percent of global carbon emissions, argues new study <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/12/0621-GLOBAL-DEFOR150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Tropical deforestation accounted for 10 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions between 2000-2005 &#8212; a substantially smaller proportion than previously estimated &#8212; argues a new study published in <i>Science</i>. The paper estimates gross carbon emissions from deforestation at 810 million metric tons (with a 90 percent confidence interval of 0.57-1.22 billion tons) per year from 2000-2005, significantly below earlier calculations. Brazil and Indonesia accounted for 55 percent of gross emissions from tropical deforestation during the study period, while dry forests accounted for 40 percent of tropical forest loss but amounted to only 17 percent of emissions. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9701 2012-06-20T00:08:00Z 2012-06-20T02:38:35Z Near-real time Amazon deforestation alert system added to Google Earth Engine A system providing monthly alerts on deforestation and forest degradation in the Brazilian Amazon will soon be generated on the Google Earth platform Engine, reducing the time it takes to process and disseminate data, reports Imazon, the Brazilian NGO that developed the Alert System of Deforestation (SAD). Rhett Butler