tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/mapping1 mapping news from mongabay.com 2014-11-21T01:40:02Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14055 2014-11-20T23:36:00Z 2014-11-21T01:40:02Z Ranking the world's best - and worst - palm oil companies in terms of sustainability <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1120-opp-out150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new initiative ranks the world's 25 largest publicly listed palm oil companies in terms of transparency around the environmental performance of their operations. The project, called Sustainable Palm Oil Transparency Toolkit, was developed by The Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Rhett Butler 1.309319 109.666107 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14012 2014-11-12T20:11:00Z 2014-11-12T20:28:28Z Mapping mistake leaves wildlife at risk <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1112-thumb-luama-chimp.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Scientists have discovered a new, endangered plant species in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in an area that is supposed to be protected as a reserve. However, mapping errors effectively moved the reserve’s boundaries 50 kilometers to the west, opening up the region and its vulnerable wildlife to human disturbance. Morgan Erickson-Davis -5.368980 28.808207 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13999 2014-11-10T21:43:00Z 2014-11-11T01:35:05Z Peru has massive opportunity to avoid emissions from deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1110carbon-zoom-amazon-mainstem150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Nearly a billion tons of carbon in Peru's rainforests is at risk from logging, infrastructure projects, and oil and gas extraction, yet opportunities remain to conserve massive amounts of forest in indigenous territories, parks, and unprotected areas, finds a study published this week in <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> (PNAS). Rhett Butler -5.298827 -76.268806 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13942 2014-10-24T17:22:00Z 2014-11-06T17:56:27Z Google's new Gombe Street View lets users 'walk' along chimp trails and into Jane Goodall's house <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1024-gsw-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Google Maps is now available for Tanzanian forest paths. Users can walk virtually along the same trails Jane Goodall has used for her decades of chimpanzee monitoring -- and even into her house. Morgan Erickson-Davis -4.719503 29.616324 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/13750 2014-09-05T21:27:00Z 2014-09-06T02:54:54Z World's rainforests could be mapped in 3D at high resolution by 2020 for under $250M <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0905cao150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Mapping the world's tropical forests with a fleet of airplanes outfitted with advanced LiDAR could rapidly and accurately assess global forest carbon stocks for a fraction of the cost of a typical Earth observation satellite mission &#8212; and far less than field-based sampling &#8212; argues a new paper published in <i>Carbon Balance and Management</i>. Rhett Butler -2.635788 -74.864044 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13746 2014-09-05T19:01:00Z 2014-11-06T17:49:15Z Canada, Russia, Brazil lead world in old-growth forest loss <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0905-log-road-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Every day, the world loses about 50,000 hectares of forest to agricultural clearing, road development, and other human activities, constricting true wilderness into smaller and smaller areas – along with the species that inhabit them. New analysis and maps released this week show these last vestiges are disappearing at a quick pace, with more than 104 million hectares degraded from 2000 to 2013. Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.952080 -52.828939 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13722 2014-08-27T22:35:00Z 2014-08-27T22:43:40Z Where should the roads go? New map offers a solution to the 'Pandora's Box of environmental problems' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0827-roads3-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Roads make it possible to bring goods to market, to get to the office, to log a forest, to hunt its wildlife. Without roads, human society as we know it could not exist. However, to build roads, trees must be cleared and swamps drained, shrinking valuable wildlife habitat and fragmenting populations in the process. A new study unveils an innovative map that defines which areas of the world would be best used to build roads – and which should be left alone. Morgan Erickson-Davis -3.349126 -57.198830 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13098 2014-04-18T14:04:00Z 2014-04-18T14:18:22Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Maps for the masses <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/colombia/150/colombia_3985.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Mark Mulligan makes maps for the masses. In his work on tropical forests, Mulligan uses GIS, modeling, remote sensing, and lab experiments to turn research into datasets and policy support systems, which are available online for use in development, decision-making, and education. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12648 2014-01-17T00:43:00Z 2014-01-30T15:17:49Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Global road map to mitigate damage from roads <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_1827.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In the world of conservation, Dr. William Laurance is a household name. He has worked in tropical systems, worldwide, for over 25 years, publishing over 300 articles, five books and receiving numerous awards and honors for his work as a researcher, science communicator, and conservation practitioner, including one of Australia’s highest scientific honors, the Australian Laureate Award. Rhett Butler -16.817954 145.686668 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12496 2013-12-10T14:09:00Z 2013-12-27T03:35:31Z Top 10 Environmental Stories of 2013 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/south-africa/150/south_africa_kruger_1126.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>1. Carbon concentrations hit 400ppm while the IPCC sets global carbon budget: For the first time since our appearance on Earth, carbon concentrations in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million. The last time concentrations were this high for a sustained period was 4-5 million years ago when temperatures were 10 degrees Celsius higher. Meanwhile, in the slow-moving effort to curb carbon emissions, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) crafted a global carbon budget showing that most of the world's fossil fuel reserves must be left untouched if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. Jeremy Hance 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/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/11972 2013-08-28T13:25:00Z 2013-08-30T17:55:53Z Indonesian group vows to map 30 million hectares of customary forest in 7 years An indigenous peoples’ rights group has vowed to map millions of hectares of customary land in Indonesia, an ambitious target it hopes will help protect indigenous forests from encroachment by palm oil and pulp and paper concessions. Rhett Butler 2.583293 98.816718 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11964 2013-08-27T16:11:00Z 2013-08-27T16:48:13Z Whale shark mapping: scientists uncover global distribution for the largest fish in the world <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0827whaleshark150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Polka-dotted and striped. Massive but docile. That’s the whale shark for you - the largest fish and shark in the world. But despite being major tourist attractions, the lives of these awe-inspiring creatures of the ocean remain far from being demystified. However, a team of researchers from Australia may now have some answers to where these whale sharks (Rhinocodon typus) occur. Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11644 2013-06-25T19:00:00Z 2013-06-26T22:13:01Z New maps highlight global conservation priorities <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0625.mapbiodiversity.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>What region of the world has the most imperiled mammals? Where are the most bird species found? And where are new amphibians being discovered? Indonesia and Malaysia is the answer to the first question; the Amazon, the second; and the Andes, the third. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has used global data on 21,000 mammals, birds, and amphibians to create magnificent maps that highlight missing priorities for conservation. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11086 2013-03-20T23:23:00Z 2013-03-20T23:29:36Z Male lions require dense vegetation for successful ambush hunting <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/animals/150/z_00009.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>For a long time male lions were derided as the lazy ones in the pride, depending on females for the bulk of hunting and not pulling their weight. Much of this was based on field observations&#8212;female lions hunt cooperatively, often in open savannah, and therefore are easier to track at night. But new research in <i>Animal Behaviour</i> is showing that males are adroit hunters in their own right, except prickly males hunt alone and use dense vegetation as cover; instead of social hunting in open savannah, they depend on ambushing unsuspecting prey. Jeremy Hance -23.85821 31.463242 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10900 2013-02-20T23:34:00Z 2013-02-23T22:55:22Z Featured video: Saving the Amazon through maps In a new video ethnobotanist, Mark Plotkin, talks about recent&#8212;and historical&#8212;efforts to preserve the Amazon rainforest through map-making and technology. Today scientists like Plotkin are teaching indigenous people how to digitally map their territory to win land rights over the forest they've used for centuries. Jeremy Hance 1.337464 -72.831116 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10181 2012-09-21T13:50:00Z 2014-02-20T21:52:36Z New forest map shows 6% of Amazon deforested between 2000 and 2010 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/0921raisg150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An update to one of the most comprehensive maps of the Amazon basin shows that forest cover across the world's largest rainforest declined by about six percent between 2000 and 2010. But the map also reveals hopeful signs that recognition of protected areas and native lands across the eight countries and one department that make up the Amazon is improving, with conservation and indigenous territories now covering nearly half of its land mass. Rhett Butler -8.624472 -66.062508 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9964 2012-08-06T17:21:00Z 2012-08-16T13:41:28Z 3-D laser mapping shows elephants have big impact on trees Scientists have long known that African elephants (<i>Loxodonta africana</i>) are talented tree-topplers, able to take down even large trees in order to gobble out-of-reach leaves. However the extent of his behavior across a large area has been difficult to quantify. But a new study in Ecology Letters has used a bird's-eye view&#8212;with 3-D&#8212;of Kruger National Park in South Africa to determine the impact of elephants on trees. Jeremy Hance -23.614329 31.583862 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9516 2012-05-14T19:21:00Z 2012-05-14T19:32:07Z Global wetlands shrink 6% in 15 years Global wetlands declined by six percent between 1993 and 2007 due to conversion for agriculture, drainage, and water diversion, reports a new satellite-based assessment published by European researchers in Geophysical Research Letters. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9302 2012-03-22T20:48:00Z 2012-03-23T01:03:18Z Google brings Street View, Maps to the Amazon (photos) Google has posted images of a stretch of rainforest and communities along the Amazon river on its Street View product available via Google Maps. The addition makes it possible to virtually explore communities and ecosystems in Earth's largest tropical forest. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9163 2012-02-23T20:27:00Z 2013-02-24T02:18:01Z Model airplane used to monitor rainforests - conservation drones take flight <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/12/0223drone150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Conservationists have converted a remote-controlled plane into a potent tool for conservation. Using seed funding from the National Geographic Society, The Orangutan Conservancy, and the Denver Zoo, Lian Pin Koh, an ecologist at the ETH Zürich, and Serge Wich, a biologist at the University of Zürich and PanEco, have developed a conservation drone equipped with cameras, sensors and GPS. So far they have used the remote-controlled aircraft to map deforestation, count orangutans and other endangered species, and get a bird's eye view of hard-to-access forest areas in North Sumatra, Indonesia. Rhett Butler 3.890287 97.643051 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9064 2012-02-07T16:20:00Z 2012-02-07T16:21:10Z Guyanese tribe maps Connecticut-sized rainforest for land rights <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/images/jeremy_hance/150/Guyana_448.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In a bid to gain legal recognition of their land, the indigenous Wapichan people have digitally mapped their customary rainforest land in Guyana over the past ten years. Covering 1.4 million hectares, about the size of Connecticut, the rainforest would be split between sustainable-use regions, sacred areas, and wildlife conservation according to a plan by the Wapichan tribe that will be released today. The plan says the tribe would preserve the forest from extractive industries. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9033 2012-01-30T23:30:00Z 2012-02-26T06:07:02Z Rainforests store 229 billion tons of carbon globally finds new 'wall-to-wall' carbon map <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/12/0130whrc_biomass150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Tropical rainforests store some 229 billion tons of carbon in their vegetation &#8212; about 20 percent more than previously estimated &#8212; finds a new satellite-based assessment published in the journal <i>Nature Climate Change</i>. The findings could help improve the accuracy of reporting CO2 emissions reductions under the proposed REDD program, which aims to compensate tropical countries for cutting deforestation, forest degradation, and peatlands destruction. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8789 2011-12-03T17:26:00Z 2011-12-03T17:34:03Z Global map of REDD+ projects released The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) on Saturday released a comprehensive map of the world's REDD+ programs. The map includes 340 REDD+ projects, programs, and policies in 52 countries. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8774 2011-12-01T18:59:00Z 2011-12-01T19:09:42Z Community mapping of African rainforests could show way forward for preservation, REDD <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/mappingforrights.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new initiative to place community mapping of central African rainforests online could prove key to local rights in the region, says the UK-based NGO Rainforest Foundation. Working with forest communities in five African countries, Rainforest Foundation has helped create digital maps of local forests, including use areas, parks, and threats such as logging and mining. The website, MappingForRights.org, includes interactive maps, photos, and video. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7942 2011-05-31T04:31:00Z 2011-05-31T05:35:46Z New global carbon map for 2.5 billion ha of forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/11/0531carbon-map150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Tropical forests across Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia stored 247 gigatons of carbon &#8212; more than 30 years' worth of current emissions from fossil fuels use &#8212; in the early 2000s, according to a comprehensive assessment of the world's carbon stocks. The research, published in the journal <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> by an international team of scientists, used data from 4,079 plot sites around the world and satellite-based measurements to estimate that forests store 193 billion tons of carbon in their vegetation and 54 billion tons in their roots structure. The study has produced a carbon map for 2.5 billion ha (6.2 billion acres) of forests. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7765 2011-04-20T18:21:00Z 2011-04-20T18:33:58Z Forest carbon map released for the US The Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) has released the first hectare-scale map displaying aboveground woody biomass and forest carbon in US forests. The map, which also shows canopy heights, is known as the National Biomass and Carbon Dataset (NBCD). Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2909 2008-04-13T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:13:57Z Indigenous peoples of Congo map their forests with GPS in an effort to save them This week over five hundred villagers in the Democratic Republic of Congo's rainforest will employ GPS technology to map their forests in an effort to preserve their territory from logging companies. Rhett Butler