An international team of researchers, using high-resolution satellite data and artificial intelligence, has been able to locate billions of trees growing in the Sahara Desert. The results were published in the journal Nature in October 2020 - and the discovery made headlines around the world. RESET spoke to research group lead Professor Martin Brandt from the University of Copenhagen to find out more.
For the first time, a list has been drawn up that details those companies and institutions around the world that have the power to theoretically eliminate deforestation, ranking them in terms of their commitment to saving tropical forests.
Forests in South East Asia are continuing to disappear due to unsustainable logging practices, shifting cultivation and infrastructure development. This means that the region is ripe for piloting mitigation activities through limiting deforestation and carbon storage from the forestry sector.
Not all tropical forests are rainforests. Differences in soil composition, altitude or rainfall allow for a number of forest types. Yet they all share one thing in common: threat of deforestation.