Classifying drivers of global forest loss

Curtis et al. used high-resolution images from Google Earth to map and classify global forest loss since 2001. Just over a quarter of global forest loss is due to deforestation through the permanent shift of land use to the production of commodities, including beef, soybeans, palm oil and wood fiber. Despite regional differences and efforts by governments, conservationists and corporations to contain losses, the overall rate of commodity-driven deforestation has not decreased since 2001.

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