New tools allowing access to real-time images and data are providing hope in the fight against forest destruction
Norway’s decision last month to make its own government purchases tropical-deforestation free means it joins hundreds of large companies in trying to rid the threat of deforestation from their supply chains.
“Zero deforestation” is a huge and worthy goal. Many companies have set a deadline of 2020, which is fast approaching. It takes work and resources to figure out how to make sure that commodities such as beef, soy, palm oil and coffee aren’t contributing to the massive destruction of trees, especially in intact tropical forests.
The good news is that companies and countries now have access to tools developed by NGOs that can delve deeply into big data sets to identify where deforestation. The technology drive is aided by the advent of small, inexpensive satellites that may soon allow the entire Earth and its forests to be photographed every single day.
This growing ability to get real-time images and...