New data on Global Forest Watch shows that in some of the world's most heavily forested nations, more than 90 percent of tree cover loss is happening in natural forests rather than plantations. That's a problem since natural forests, especially those in the tropics, provide much greater climate, biodiversity and water benefits over planted lands.
The Malaysian state of Sarawak was once home to one of Asia’s most biologically diverse tropical rainforests. That was until a technical report by a British aristocrat initiated 25 years of support for a disastrous forest management program that continues to this day.
Satellite data reveals that concessions cover more than half the Malaysian state of Sarawak, often overlapping with sensitive intact forests that are being degraded at one of the highest rates in the world.
Los bosques tropicales del mundo están en problemas serios, así lo confirman los nuevos análisis satelitales de la Universidad de Maryland y Google, publicados hoy en Global Forest Watch.
Les forêts tropicales du monde sont menacées, confirme des nouvelles données satellites de l'Université du Maryland et Google et publiées aujourd'hui sur Global Forest Watch.
The world lost 18 million hectares (45 million acres) of trees in 2014, more than half of it in the tropics.
WASHINGTON (August 5, 2014)— Singapore’s Parliament passed the Transboundary Haze Pollution Act 2014 which allows regulators to prosecute companies and individuals that cause severe air pollution in Singapore by burning forests and peatlands in neighboring countries. The legislation was first proposed after fires in Indonesia spiked in June 2013, engulfing Singapore in haze.