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March 9th, 2011
Satellites Provide a Picture of Southeast Asia’s Deforestation

The picture of Southeast Asia’s deforestation is coming into greater focus. Scientists have developed a new satellite-imaging technique that allows them to have a better bird’s eye view of when carbon-rich peatlands were cleared and to what extent they have been replaced by palm oil trees. Published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study found that about 6 percent of carbon-rich peatlands in Peninsular Malaysia and the islands of Borneo and Sumatra were cleared to make way for oil-palm plantations by the early 2000s. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=satellites-present-deforestation-picture. Read More