Palm Oil Deforestation | Oil palms, originally from West Africa and South America, thrive in the tropics. Its introduction into Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and Indonesia, is a main drive of deforestation in those countries. Up to 300 football fields of forests are destroyed every hour for oil palm expansion. Indonesia, the largest producer of palm oil, made headlines when they were published in the 2008 Guinness World Records for the “Fastest Forest Destroyer.”
Within the next 10 minutes, about 200 football fields worth of trees, plants, and wildlife in the Amazon will be destroyed. We have lost more than 20% of the Amazon to deforestation in the past 40 years alone, and scientists predict that we will lose another 20% within the span of the next two decades.
This app will give you near real-time alerts whenever deforestation happens