Forest Loss, 2000-2012
A newly-released mapping tool displays worldwide forest loss from 2000-12. Above is the loss in the Atlanta area, highlighted in red. Atlantic Cities has the full report. Here’s a quote:
"Global Forest Change" is a Google Earth-powered map based on more than half a million Landsat images taken from 1999 to 2012, and assembled by researchers at the University of Maryland, Google, the U.S. Geological Survey and elsewhere
Discounting what has grown back, the world has suffered a net loss of 580,000 square miles of forest since 2000 — an area more than twice the size of Texas.
If you’re looking for a good reason for us to focus on compact infill developments rather than on car-centric sprawling ones that destroy un-built green space, this is one of the best there is.