Host 'subweb.ibtimes.com' is not allowed to connect to this MySQL serverSELECT tid,hits,start_time FROM biztimes_stats.stats_articles_au WHERE tid='540248' Host 'subweb.ibtimes.com' is not allowed to connect to this MySQL serverSELECT cmt_count FROM ib_articles_counts WHERE id='540248' Host 'subweb.ibtimes.com' is not allowed to connect to this MySQL serverSELECT * FROM ib_sources WHERE id='6001' Host 'subweb.ibtimes.com' is not allowed to connect to this MySQL serverSELECT * FROM ib_articles_options WHERE article_id='540248' Host 'subweb.ibtimes.com' is not allowed to connect to this MySQL serverSELECT id,title,timestamp,keywords FROM ib_articles_4 WHERE id='493234' Host 'subweb.ibtimes.com' is not allowed to connect to this MySQL serverSELECT id,title,timestamp,keywords FROM ib_articles_5 WHERE id='522575' Host 'subweb.ibtimes.com' is not allowed to connect to this MySQL serverSELECT id,title,timestamp,keywords FROM ib_articles_5 WHERE id='522619' Host 'subweb.ibtimes.com' is not allowed to connect to this MySQL serverSELECT article_id FROM ib_topics_index WHERE tid='192' ORDER BY id DESC LIMIT 10Host 'subweb.ibtimes.com' is not allowed to connect to this MySQL serverSELECT * FROM ib_rates WHERE article_id='540248' LIMIT 1 Google's Global Forest Watch: Online Tool Tracks Deforestation [VIDEO] - International Business Times

Google's Global Forest Watch: Online Tool Tracks Deforestation [VIDEO]

  • Rate this Story
  • 0
  • 0

By Parismita Goswami | February 24, 2014 5:40 PM EST

Now there's an online tool to track the rapid deforestation taking place across the globe. Global Forest Watch - created by Google, along with its partners World Resources Institute and 40 other business organizations will utilize satellite imagery and gather information to track deforestation across the world.

Reuters
Google's Global Forest Watch: Online Tool Tracks Deforestation

Related Articles

"By the time we find out about deforestation, it's usually too late to take action. Scientists have been studying forests for centuries, chronicling the vital importance of these ecosystems for human society. But most of us still lack timely and reliable information about where, when, and why forests are disappearing. This is about to change with the launch of Global Forest Watch", according to the Google team.

Forest Watch with a $25-million budget, analyzes satellite images from NASA and helps in detecting deforestation caused due to fires and logging, among others. In the near future, users will be able to watch the daily changes in forests, as well as make comments and corrections.

"I think that any time you take what's happening on the ground and you put it into a useful tool that everyday people can use, it can make a huge difference in people's understanding of what's happening. In principle, it could be a part of the solution", said Amy Moas, a Senior Forest Campaigner with Greenpeace.

It also could play an important role in keeping organizations honest. Companies that supply materials and even their customers can now ensure that the suppliers are abiding by environmental friendly agreements.

Moas explained that in January, Wilmar International, the largest supplier of palm oil, had pledged to look after the forests, from which it extracts palm oil, sticking on to a "zero burning" policy. Now, if they don't comply with their policy, they could be easily noticed by a computer.

"You can see in real time whether the supplier is doing what they promised. The good guys can demonstrate that they're in compliance and the bad guys are clear for everyone to see. There's nowhere they can hide", said Nigel Sizer, World Resources Institute.

Check below for the Global Forest Watch video

To contact the editor, e-mail:

(Photo: Reuters / )
Google's Global Forest Watch: Online Tool Tracks Deforestation
Host 'subweb.ibtimes.com' is not allowed to connect to this MySQL serverSELECT id FROM ib_slideshows WHERE timestamp>1413942599 AND hits>0 AND outkey='Y' ORDER BY hits DESC LIMIT 10Host 'subweb.ibtimes.com' is not allowed to connect to this MySQL serverSELECT id FROM ib_slideshows WHERE timestamp<1413942599 AND timestamp>1413683399 AND hits>0 AND outkey='Y' ORDER BY hits DESC LIMIT 10
  • Rate this Story
  • 0
  • 0

Join the Conversation

IBTimes TV
E-Newsletters

We value your privacy. Your email address will not be shared.