Scripps Howard Foundation Wire
WASHINGTON – If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it, will it make noise? But now, someone will always be around to hear it.The World Resources Institute, with Google and 40 other global partners, launched a website Thursday that helps monitor forests, Global Forest Watch.
“Because of amazing developments in the availability of billions of pieces of satellite data … it is possible to bring, for the first time ever, really real-time data at a very local level to everybody in the world,” Andrew Steer, president and CEO of the institute, said. “That is what Global Forest Watch is all about, and it is free.”