A tree is beautiful, but what’s more, it has a right to life; like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on earth is inconceivable without trees. Forests create climate, climate influences peoples’ character, and so on and so forth. There can be neither civilization nor happiness if forests crash down under the axe, if the climate is harsh and severe, if people are also harsh and severe. … What a terrible future!
Despite the gravity of the matter, which is being confirmed by several environment research institutes every year, there has not been a successful attempt to stop amazon deforestation. As is the case with other environmental issues, the main sources of deforestation are human settlement and development of the land. Prior to 1970, when access to the forest’s interior was highly restricted, the river and forest remained basically intact. Unfortunately, the severity of the situation had only been disclosed as numbers, which was insufficient to grab people’s attention.
Now, thanks to Google, we can witness the deforestation with our own eyes. At the UN climate convention in Cancun, Mexico, Google Labs announced the release of Google Earth Engine, a project designed to use Earth observation data to enable global change monitoring. This project depends heavily on 25 years worth of Landsat data, which is a series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the US.
In addition, watch the video that captures the Aral Sea drying up, which is mostly due to irrigation.
You can watch several more here