This is a comprehensive map that lets you assess the severity of deforestation throughout the planet. You may zoom in to the different areas around the globe. Really cool but alarming at the same time. The map was developed through the efforts of Science Magazine, Google, and University of Maryland.
“When forests are cleared and set in flames, the carbon in the trees is released as carbon dioxide — the main greenhouse gas contributing to climate change.”
“Poachers kill between 20,000-30,000 African elephants each year for the illegal ivory trade, which is primarily run by organized crime syndicates with money funneling to them from demand in Asia.”