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JAKARTA, INDONESIA— As the dry season begins in Indonesia, the risk of fires and haze is growing. On July 23, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Indonesia’s National REDD+ Agency (BP REDD) will launch Global Forest Watch Fires (GFW-Fires), an online platform to monitor and respond to forest and land fires in Southeast Asia.

According to data from Global Forest Watch, an online mapping platform that tracks tree cover loss and gain in near-real time, industrial development and forest fires in Canada’s tar sands region has cleared or degraded 775,500 hectares (almost two million acres) of boreal forest since the year 2000. That’s an area more than six times the size of New York City. If the tar sands extraction boom continues, as many predict, we can expect forest loss to increase.

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