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Dan Vergano

National Geographic

Published November 14, 2013

The view from space puts vanishing forests in a pretty stark light.

Data from satellite images reveal that forest cover losses far outstripped forest regrowth in the first dozen years of the 21st century.

The globe gained 800,000 square kilometers (about 500,000 square miles) of forest canopy in that time, but lost 2.3 million square kilometers (about 1.4 million square miles) in other areas between 2001 to 2012. (See "Rain Forest: Incubators of Life.")

The maps, released Thursday by the journal Science, offer forestry officials a global view of tree loss and point to the environmental costs to people and animals from forest-cutting.

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36 comments
Devin Moza
Devin Moza

ok but were the images collected during the same time of year?

and does it account for forest density? less square-footage doesnt exactly mean less forest

i totally believe in forest loss due to people doing dumb s*** but there is almost no data provided here

like?

where's the science?

Cindy B.
Cindy B.

o m g !!!!  That is sooo scary!  I have noticed in the last 10 year

Gareth Davies
Gareth Davies

This map is EXTREMELY misleading.  True forest loss is caused by deforestation (i.e. converting forestland to other land uses, or complete changes in vegetation type).  This map largely depicts major natural disturbances that forest ecosystems can, and do recover from.  Without separating deforestation from natural disturbances; this map is rather useless.

Nathaniel Layton
Nathaniel Layton

  They cut this off at the end of the 21st century, because we are now seeing gains in all of our polar regions due to global warming. One would hate to send our an environmental message with hope. The fact that we are growing a massive new forest around the north pole would be contrary to the message they are trying to send.

Score one for cherry picking data!

Bea Moeller
Bea Moeller

Poor presentation, too dark, too small!

James Campbell
James Campbell

There are many factors that effect forest loss. It's not all from humans chopping it down.  Storms, flood, wildfire, insect infestations, etc... all greatly contribute to forest loss. Nature destroys a lot of the forest as the Earth attempts to maintain balance.

Mamun Chowdhury
Mamun Chowdhury

The lungs of our planet are being destroyed by a virus/ cancer & that virus/ cancer is Human beings!!! The warring nations spend their effort & money on KILLING for a drop of oil when, they could & should be using their power to protect our planet from this global devastation.

I guess in reality...........there is no money to be made so, they don't give a s***.

Joseph Do-ong
Joseph Do-ong

the black indicates the land with no tree growth

Hannah Wood
Hannah Wood

@Jenna Kyles I respect and agree with your cause. however I think sub-dividing tree numbers per person gives the wrong impression - as if we can each claim an allotted share. I doubt without trees' atmosphere balancing presence any lifestyle could continue much longer. Various critical flaws in our current economical system, not least that it is driven by finite fossil fuels, puts our economy on a knifedge, as we have witnessed in the past few years :/


Michel Beaucage
Michel Beaucage

I do not understand why when we destroy something created by man we call the ca Vandaliste, but when we détuisons something created by nature we call Progress ca.

Jenna Kyles
Jenna Kyles

I wish the map wasn't black, it makes it hard to read. Otherwise, this is very interesting. The world has lost a lot of forest since 2001. I read another article the other day that said we only have 63 live trees available per person. This sounded shockingly low. Do we have enough resources to sustain our current lifestyles and economy? And for how long?   http://savetherainforest.com/trees-please/

El Gabilon
El Gabilon

Ho hum! One can speak of the danger from now until dooms day but it will do no good.  Mankind is at war with "God"...unconsciously jealous that the "Creator" kept unto itself many powers humans wish they had such as creating "burning bushes", forming "commandments" out of stone, etc. From a psychological point of view mankind is on a suicide mission attempting to destroy what the "creator" has created. Thus he treats his home as he does.  Destroying life, polluting the sea, air, land and space. Destroying forests, polluting rivers, doing a thousand things that contribute to the earths destruction.  He fails to recognice that the earth is a living being very capable of defending itself from puny man. If necessary it will wipe us off the face of the earth, and in fact that is just what it is doing.  After we are gone it will restore itself to its pristine condition and no life form will ever remember  some species known as human.  Since we cannot or will not change our life styles we end as we began...."Ho hum".

Paul Schott
Paul Schott

Soon all will take note to the sounds and rumbling of Volcanoes and Earthquakes Around Earth that are Waking Up at a Alarming Rate. Just as they did in 1883 from Krakatoa. 


To   

 All going a little blind. Or have put  blinders on. You need to listen to Admiral Samuel J. Locklear. Or just read below.

Read well and study on your own after you have read this.

This is not a game or joke our Sun gives off a Solar Wind all day year round if you live in the State of Alaska you see it in the sky above what a sight it is going through our Earth’s Magnet Polls of the North and the South, North Poll. It’s called the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis.

The day will come when you will be able to see it all over Earth as in the year 1859 Solar Flare, It was the largest in 500 years. Two Astronomer’s Hodgson and Carrington told the World that the Solar Flare made a Geomagnetic Storm reach Earth in hours not days. Back then it gave new meaning to Reach For The Skies from Telegraph Operators. For hours sparks flew from the key board. Even after the Batteries were disconnected. 

Nov 3 and 4, 2003 had a X40+ Class Solar Flare. Our Sun’s UV Rays will get stronger as each passing day goes by, read and i will tell you why.

The Great big forest have be stripped from most of the Earth for Greed of Money by the Wicked. The trees are our Main Source of Oxygen on this Plant.
The Forest Trees scrubs the Pollution out of the air and makes Oxygen from the rain and dirt that it grows in.
The Forest Trees do more than just make Oxygen they stop Soil Erosion, just Look at the 1930 Dust Bowl. Greed by our Government taxes led farmers to clear cut all their Forest and farm all the land they were being Tax on. They had to farm it to pay for the Taxes. Why leave the Trees when food crop makes Money. This Did not Help the Depression that effected most all Worldwide. 

In the coming years  more than 100 million will suffer from Malnutrition lack of food and Dehydration lack of water. Many will not make it and die! Soon many will run out of Safe Drinking Water from pollution going into the worlds water supply. 

 In the United States of America alone more than 46+ Million Americans Received Food Stamps and that number is going up every day every year for more than 4 years in a row now.

The Pollution and CO2 Carbon Dioxide go into the Tree Bark as a shield from most bugs so they do not eat the tree.

Less Forest less Oxygen this is why the moon. That has no Oxygen is very cold on the side with out Sun Light, And hot as ever on the side with Sun Light. Way too cold and too hot to live there. You would need at least 10 times the Energy we use on Earth to even live there and life on the Moon would be very short. With no blank of Oxygen to lessen or reduce the Sun’s UV Rays and Solar Wind they are deadly there on our Moon. 

Every Mt. Climber and Aircraft Pilot knows the higher you go the thinner the Oxygen and colder it gets. Just spend a night on a Mt. top above 13,000 feet with no Sun Light and you will see or should i say feel the cold stinging any of your exposed skin. 

If you are new to Mt. Climbing stay below 10,000Ft. The Astronauts and the Cosmonauts and Fighter Pilots that i have been with for years know this very well, and the Radiation Hazards to humans at High Altitudes.

Soon the Sun’s Solar Wind and UV rays will be way to strong for most to go out in the Sun Light for even a short time. The Geomagnetic Storm to come and the Bad Weather Storms well you have not seen nothing yet and the Sea Level is Rising the Oceans.

The Sun Rays is leading to the Drying of Fresh Drinking water. Many Lakes World Wide have set records for all time Low Water Level.  

Many Millions have been affected by Floods in China and Pakistan just last year. In 2005 Over a Thousand dead in New Orleans flood, and the list going on. 

The sounds and rumbling of Volcanoes Around Earth are Waking Up at a Alarming rate. And there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places such as was not from the beginning of the Creation.

The last 30 years On Earth we have broke all High Temp Records and the temp it is still going up. All the Worlds Ice Glacier are melting at an Accelerating Rate. The Glaciers and Polar Ice Caps store more water than all the Fresh Water Lakes on Earth. Many of them are drying up or water levels are going down past the lowest point every recorded.

The Bad Weather Storms now are Babies compared to what is to come.

They will get even bigger and worse less Oxygen the more UV Rays to the Earth and more Water molecules will evaporate and go up into the Earth’s Atmosphere. Less Oxygen the colder without sun light and hotter with it. The Sky full of more water vapor molecules, more snow in the winter and more Flash Floods in the Summer. All earth will see way more fires and the Deserts are growing larger. 

 If every living person on Earth were to Plant A Tree Today we might have a chance.

The Earth’s Atmosphere Blanket surrounding it protects life on Earth as Our Lord and GOD will all that seek Him.

Then it is written when the tree is full it is harvest time. All the Earth will someday burn away. This is all Foretold in the Bible Read it
and may our Lord Bless all that do so.

The Lord’s Little Helper
Paul Felix Schott

solardowork@yahoo.com
KI4-AEX
P.S.


2 Peter 3:10

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the Earth and its works will be burned up. GOD Bless You and Your Love ones
Give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ every day.

Read
Luke 21:20-22 Matthew 24: 30-33 Earth is at its Limits MANY OF US IN THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN SAYING SOME OF THIS FOR YEARS
The United Nations is now taking a serious look into "Earth's Limits" Earth will very soon be at its Limits of no return for many things including all life on Earth.
If we keep going at this rate we will not have another 20 years to go back to Rio De Janeiro to play. Most all in the Scientific Community said this 20 years ago at the last time Leaders set up this meeting in Rio De Janeiro. Of course on the Tax payers money, and of course they said about the same thing again we need to do something!

There is enough Energy from our Sun to Power all are needs on Earth and more. Solar Energy The Fastest growing energy on Earth. Albert Einstein 100 years ago showed the World it could get
Free Energy, Electric from the SUN. 

(THE PHOTOVOLTAIC EFFECT).We still do not teach this to are young why?

Paul Schott
Paul Schott

Soon all will take note to the sounds and rumbling ofVolcanoes and Earthquakes Around Earth that are Waking Up at a Alarming Rate. Just as they did in 1883 from Krakatoa.
To   

 All going a little blind. Or have put  blinders on. You need to listen to Admiral Samuel J. Locklear. Or just read below.

Read well and study on your own after you have read this. This is not a game or joke our Sun gives off a Solar Wind all day year round if you live in the State of Alaska you see it in the sky above what a sight it is going through our Earth’s Magnet Polls of the North and the South, North Poll. It’s called the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis. The day will come when you will be able to see it all over Earth as in the year 1859 Solar Flare, It was the largest in 500 years. Two Astronomer’s Hodgson and Carrington told the World that the Solar Flare made a Geomagnetic Storm reach Earth in hours not days. Back then it gave new meaning to Reach For The Skies from Telegraph Operators. For hours sparks flew from the key board. Even after the Batteries were disconnected. Nov 3 and 4, 2003 had a X40+ Class Solar Flare. Our Sun’s UV Rays will get stronger as each passing day goes by, read and i will tell you why. The Great big forest have be stripped from most of the Earth for Greed of Money by the Wicked. The trees are our Main Source of Oxygen on this Plant.
The Forest Trees scrubs the Pollution out of the air and makes Oxygen from the rain and dirt that it grows in.
The Forest Trees do more than just make Oxygen they stop Soil Erosion, just Look at the 1930 Dust Bowl. Greed by our Government taxes led farmers to clear cut all their Forest and farm all the land they were being Tax on. They had to farm it to pay for the Taxes. Why leave the Trees when food crop makes Money. This Did not Help the Depression that effected most all Worldwide. This year 2013 more than 100 million will suffer from Malnutrition lack of food and Dehydration lack of water. Many will not make it and die! Soon many will run out of Safe Drinking Water from pollution going into the worlds water supply. In the United States of America alone more than 46+ Million Americans Received Food Stamps and that number is going up every day every year for more than 4 years in a row now. The Pollution and CO2 Carbon Dioxide go into the Tree Bark as a shield from most bugs so they do not eat the tree. Less Forest less Oxygen this is why the moon. That has no Oxygen is very cold on the side with out Sun Light, And hot as ever on the side with Sun Light. Way too cold and too hot to live there. You would need at least 10 times the Energy we use on Earth to even live there and life on the Moon would be very short. With no blank of Oxygen to lessen or reduce the Sun’s UV Rays and Solar Wind they are deadly there on our Moon. Every Mt. Climber and Aircraft Pilot knows the higher you go the thinner the Oxygen and colder it gets. Just spend a night on a Mt. top above 13,000 feet with no Sun Light and you will see or should i say feel the cold stinging any of your exposed skin. If you are new to Mt. Climbing stay below 10,000Ft. The Astronauts and the Cosmonauts and Fighter Pilots that i have been with for years know this very well, and the Radiation Hazards to humans at High Altitudes. Soon the Sun’s Solar Wind and UV rays will be way to strong for most to go out in the Sun Light for even a short time. The Geomagnetic Storm to come and the Bad Weather Storms well you have not seen nothing yet and the Sea Level is Rising the Oceans.The Sun Rays is leading to the Drying of Fresh Drinking water. Many Lakes World Wide have set records for all time Low Water Level.  

Many Millions have been affected by Floods in China and Pakistan just last year. In 2005 Over a Thousand dead in New Orleans flood, and the list going on. The sounds and rumbling of Volcanoes Around Earth are Waking Up at a Alarming rate. And there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places such as was not from the beginning of the Creation. The last 30 years On Earth we have broke all High Temp Records and the temp it is still going up. All the Worlds Ice Glacier are melting at an Accelerating Rate. The Glaciers and Polar Ice Caps store more water than all the Fresh Water Lakes on Earth. Many of them are drying up or water levels are going down past the lowest point every recorded. The Bad Weather Storms now are Babies compared to what is to come. They will get even bigger and worse less Oxygen the more UV Rays to the Earth and more Water molecules will evaporate and go up into the Earth’s Atmosphere. Less Oxygen the colder without sun light and hotter with it. The Sky full of more water vapor molecules, more snow in the winter and more Flash Floods in the Summer. All earth will see way more fires and the Deserts are growing larger. If every living person on Earth were to Plant A Tree Today we might have a chance. The Earth’s Atmosphere Blanket surrounding it protects life on Earth as Our Lord and GOD will all that seek Him. Then it is written when the tree is full it is harvest time. All the Earth will someday burn away. This is all Foretold in the Bible Read it
and may our Lord Bless all that do so.
The Lord’s Little Helper
Paul Felix Schott
solardowork@yahoo.com
KI4-AEX
P.S.
2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the Earth and its works will be burned up.
GOD Bless You and Your Love ones
Give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ every day.

Read
Luke 21:20-22 Matthew 24: 30-33 Earth is at its Limits MANY OF US IN THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN SAYING SOME OF THIS FOR YEARS
The United Nations is now taking a serious look into "Earth's Limits" Earth will very soon be at its Limits of no return for many things including all life on Earth.
If we keep going at this rate we will not have another 20 years to go back to Rio De Janeiro to play. Most all in the Scientific Community said this 20 years ago at the last time Leaders set up this meeting in Rio De Janeiro. Of course on the Tax payers money, and of course they said about the same thing again we need to do something! There is enough Energy from our Sun to Power all are needs on Earth and more. Solar Energy The Fastest growing energy on Earth. Albert Einstein 100 years ago showed the World it could get
Free Energy, Electric from the SUN. (THE PHOTOVOLTAIC EFFECT).
We still do not teach this to are young why?

Julio Cerono
Julio Cerono

@Gareth Davies 

Well, if you ever go to Brazil, you will see that forests in south amazonas, and Matto Grosso, has been converted 100% into soybean fields. At least, from what I see in the map, it is not misleading .

Aleta Boddy
Aleta Boddy

@Nathaniel Layton It seems ridiculous to have a map like this with such a large range of time. I would be much more interested in seeing graphs. Growth+Loss over 12 years means nothing if you don't know which direction we're headed!

Liz Schultz
Liz Schultz

@James Campbell Exactly, and it's all listed on the map. This just tells us we can't keep destroying forests deliberately in addition to what nature does - WE are upsetting the balance.

Sarah K
Sarah K

@El Gabilon I do agree with what you mostly say. Earth will wipe us out and i hope sooner rather then later. For what we are doing to the earth we deserve it and let the animals who were here first live as they should without fear of us. When humans are no more that's when peace will happen on this earth. Till then we can go to hell and we deserve what we get.

Timothy Steele
Timothy Steele

@El Gabilon You are insane bro. You should seek professional medical treatment and some good anti-psychotic drugs to help you deal with your paranoid delusions of an invisible man in the sky. Same goes for Jeremy Smith here.

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith

Genesis 1:26

21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

26 And God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

Timothy Steele
Timothy Steele

@Paul Schott Holy sheep Crap on a cracker. You weirdos just come crawling out of the woodwork don't you? Why are you spewing garbage from a 2000+ year old book of fiction in the comments section of a post about scientific documentation of deforestation? You bible nuts need to be put into a nice safe place where you can't bother sane people. Maybe your closets where your imaginary friend Jesus told you to worship him on your knees. Stop cluttering up the real world with your gibberish.

Gareth Davies
Gareth Davies

@Julio Cerono @Gareth Davies What you are describing is deforestation, which is clearly "forest loss".  I agree with you 100%.  However, this map largely depicts natural forest disturbance events that the forest ecosystem will recover from.

Gareth Davies
Gareth Davies

@Aleta Boddy @Gareth Davies It would appear that the definition of "forest loss" lacks a fundamental understanding of forest ecology.  I wonder if there was even one forest ecologist involved in producing it?  

Julio Cerono
Julio Cerono

@Aleta Boddy @Nathaniel Layton I can tell you where  we are heading in Argentina: agriculture. Natural forests are gone for a good part of the central-north part of the country. Soybean fields are flourising in those places. 

Eric Berendsen
Eric Berendsen

@Liz Schultz @James Campbell Although I agree that we shouldn't chop to much ourselves, I think that people in general give mankind too much credit for changes in environmental changes.... Changes will take place if you look at history. Its such a shame we don't enjoy what we help destroy....


Liz Schultz
Liz Schultz

@Jeremy Smith "God" made a damned big mistake thinking he could trust us then. Let's keep religion out of this - it's we humans who are stuffing up our planet and most of it is to do with $$$$.

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