Photo: Global 30 meter resolution thematic map of the Earth’s land surface that offers a globally consistent characterization of forest change at a resolution that is high enough to be locally relevant as well. Would have taken a single computer 15 years to perform computation, but was completed in a matter of days using Google Earth Engine computing.
Photo: Sumatra has lost over 50% of its natural forest within the past 30 years. Riau province is a global hotspot of tropical rainforest loss over the last decade, with more recent clearings moving into peatland swamps.  Peatlands are home to immense soil carbon stores and unique biodiversity richness.  Having nearly exhausted upland natural forest resources, agroindustrial development in Riau has moved into peatlands, with significant, deleterious environmental consequences.
Photo: The Chaco woodlands of Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina are under intensive pressure from agroindustrial development. Paraguay’s Chaco woodlands within the western half of the country are experiencing rapid deforestation in the development of cattle ranches. The result is the highest rate of deforestation in the world.
Photo: The Siberian larch forests of Yakutia, Russia, are very prone to fire during spring to early summer, when the ground has dried out after winter snow melt. Most of these fires are deliberately set and spread uncontrolled.  Boreal forests are a large carbon store and such extensive fires result in significant carbon emissions.
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Sumatra has lost over 50% of its natural forest within the past 30 years. Riau province is a global hotspot of tropical rainforest loss over the last decade, with more recent clearings moving into peatland swamps.  Peatlands are home to immense soil carbon stores and unique biodiversity richness.  Having nearly exhausted upland natural forest resources, agroindustrial development in Riau has moved into peatlands, with significant, deleterious environmental consequences.
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