The world’s forests are being rapidly destroyed, and a new map hopes to help conservationists figure out everywhere that it’s happening. Using technologies from Google Maps and Google Earth, the World Resources Institute has created an interactive map that shows forest coverage almost in real time, marking where coverage has increased and — more often — where it’s decreased. The map is being called Global Forest Watch and is available for anyone to explore. It appears to be using data from a variety of sources, including NASA, to analyze forest coverage, and it’s also capable of highlighting what different forests are being used for and where lands have been protected.
The World Resources Institute suggests the map will be a critical tool for conservationists. All the information provided will be most reliable and most current.
Deforestation is a serious issue affecting the long-term health of the planet. Although it is still an uphill battle, perhaps the tide is turning in the fight to protect the earth’s forests.