Satellite data brings new insights on what drives Amazon forest loss

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A new analysis of satellite data of the Amazon published in late May provides the most detailed analysis yet of year-to-year deforestation in the region, revealing exactly where and why the rainforest is being cleared across Brazil, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia. The report from NGO Amazon Conservation looked at satellite data from the University of Maryland, which is visualized on World Resource Institute’s Global Forest Watch platform. A recent update to the data set allowed it, for the first time, to be able to distinguish between different factors contributing to forest loss in the Amazon — s…

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