22 Mar '13, 5pm

Technology to the Rescue For Forests

We've written about the rising problem of illegal logging , now responsible for much of the world's loss of forests. Now, an important technology platform may help bring that to an end. Global Forest Watch 2.0 will bring near-real-time mapping and social networking together to quickly spot where deforestation is taking place and alert networks to take action before it's too late. The system combines satellite data with remote sensing technology to bring high-resolution maps online in near real-time. It will also draw from crowd-sourced data, including from local communities. To be launched this spring, Forest 2.0 is developed by a partnership convened by the World Resources Institute, which includes the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and businesses and NGOs from around the world. Until now, the usefulness of satellite images is limited because of the long time lag in gettin...

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