Google-powered map will watch all Earth’s forests in real time

The world’s forests are being rapidly destroyed, and a new map hopes to help conservationists figure out everywhere that it’s happening. Using technologies from Google Maps and Google Earth, the World Resources Institute has created an interactive map that shows forest coverage almost in real time, marking where coverage has increased and — more often — where it’s decreased. The map is being called Global Forest Watch and is available for anyone to explore. It appears to be using data from a variety of sources, including NASA, to analyze forest coverage, and it’s also capable of highlighting what different forests are being used for and where lands have been protected.

When the map was announced last year, World Resources…

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