tropical forest


Misleading New York Times Op-Ed on Forests, but Real Progress on Ending Deforestation

, sr. scientist & dir., Climate Research and Analysis

I’m in New York City for the United Nations Climate Summit, and it’s an important week for tropical forests and the global climate. Read more >

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Sources of the Haze in Southeast Asia, Fires Are Quickly Located with Public GIS Data

, sr. scientist & dir., Climate Research and Analysis

Over the last two weeks, large numbers of fires have broken out on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, and once again this has led to massive air pollution, carried to neighboring countries such as Singapore and Malaysia. This time, however, people could see not only the choking, dangerous “haze,” but also the locations of the fires, including which ones were on lands used by companies to produce palm, oil, pulpwood, timber, and other commodities. GIS technology and publicly available data, rapidly analyzed by scientists, brought a transparency to the issue that is so sorely lacking in the air over Singapore.

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