New Data Confirms: Forest Fires Are Getting Worse

New data on forest fires confirms what we’ve long feared: Forest fires are becoming more widespread, burning nearly twice as much tree cover today as they did 20 years ago.

Using data from a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland, we calculated that forest fires now result in 3 million more hectares of tree cover loss per year compared to 2001 — an area roughly the size of Belgium — and accounted for more than a quarter of all tree cover loss over the past 20 years.

World map of tree cover loss from forest fires over time (2001-2021)

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Conserving Forests Could Cut Carbon Emissions As Much As Getting Rid of Every Car on Earth

By Susan MinnemeyerNancy Harris and Octavia Payne

Cantonal Hojancha was once a major cattle ranching region. Most of this area was cleared for pasture only 30 years ago. Now, many of the residents have moved into the service industry, and the pasture land has slowly converted back to forest. Photo by Aaron Minnick (World Resources Institute)

New analysis from The Nature Conservancy, WRI and others estimates that stopping deforestation, restoring forests and improving forestry practices could cost-effectively remove 7 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, or as much as eliminating 1.5 billion cars—more than all of the cars in the world today!

In fact, forests are key to at least six of the study’s 20 “natural climate solutions,” which could collectively reduce 11.3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. That’s as much as halting global oil consumption, and would get us one-third of the way toward limiting global warming to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels — the threshold for avoiding catastrophic effects of climate change — by 2030.

Stopping Deforestation Offers the Biggest Benefit

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Global Tree Cover Loss Remains High. Emerging Patterns Reveal Shifting Contributors.

Global Forest Watch released new satellite-based data showing how forests around the world changed in the year 2015. The data, produced through the analysis of roughly a million satellite images by the University of Maryland and Google, measures the death or removal of trees at least 5 meters tall within 30×30 meter areas. This can capture any number of sustainable or unsustainable activities, from the clearing of natural forests to the harvest of tree plantations, but when analyzed appropriately with other contextual data and information can serve as a proxy for deforestation (typically defined as the permanent conversion of forest land for another use). Tiếp tục đọc “Global Tree Cover Loss Remains High. Emerging Patterns Reveal Shifting Contributors.”

War veteran now fights for his local forest


Update: June, 24/2017 – 09:00

Trần Đức Minh (right) patrols forest. – Photo

Viet Nam News QUẢNG NGÃI — The 65-year-old war veteran Trần Đức Minh has never forgotten the moment he stumbled on a tree trunk while chasing poachers in Nhàn mountain, leaving his feet bleeding.

Falling is merely one of many risks forest rangers face daily. Minh has volunteered to protect Nhàn Mountain in Tịnh Sơn Commune, Sơn Tịnh District, central Quảng Ngãi Province for nearly 40 years. Tiếp tục đọc “War veteran now fights for his local forest”