Description: For the world’s forests, researchers have developed a satellite-based alert system that detects logging with a week or even hours after trees start falling, and in some cases, before clear-cutting even begins.
Date: February 24, 2016
The new tool, developed by University of Maryland geographer Matthew Hansen, is a significant improvement on existing information-gathering tools that conservationists are already using to fight deforestation.
Questions for discussion:
1. Why is such an application needed?
2. Do you think that if more users are aware of deforestation and its effects, they will be more inclined to take action against deforestation?