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New satellite-based research shows that forest loss in tiger habitats was lower than expected, just 8 million hectares over the last 14 years, less than 8 percent of total tiger habitat. With the right conservation and monitoring, scientists say tiger populations can double or even triple in the coming decades.

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Trees improve city dwellers' quality of life by reducing smog, preventing erosion, supporting wildlife and sheltering buildings from heat and cold. On International Day of Forests, Sarah Weber looks at how Tokyo, Belfast and Washington, D.C. have integrated trees into their urban landscapes.

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The new GLAD alert system on Global Forest Watch can detect tree cover loss in Peru, Republic of Congo and Indonesian Borneo is as little as one week. Previously, governments, forest managers and communities had to wait an entire year to get detailed satellite data on tree cover loss, presenting challenges for law enforcement and anti-deforestation efforts.


Tree plantations continue to expand worldwide to meet demand for timber, wood fiber, fruits, and vegetable oils such as palm oil. Many countries report national statistics on the area of land in plantations, but the extent and locations of these plantations are often not documented.


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