31 Mar '15, 4pm

Global forest loss reversed, despite large-scale deforestation in the tropics

Global forest loss reversed, despite large-scale deforestation in the tropics

Twenty years of satellite data reveals the total amount of vegetation globally has increased by almost the equivalent of 4 billion tons of carbon since 2003. But we’re not out of the woods yet . Some of us (me) sit around and lament the tragic image of the planet’s forests whacked into nothingness in the name of industry and development. But while massive vegetation loss is indeed happening – notably on the edge of the Amazon forests and in places like the Indonesian provinces of Sumatra and Kalimantan – there are glimmers of hope that all may not be lost. An Australian-led international team of scientists has developed a new way to map changes in vegetation biomass over time, using satellite measurements of natural radio waves emitted from the Earth’s surface, according to a press release from the Universtiy of New South Wales (UNSW). What they found is heartening: not lo...

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