Thursday, December 2, 2010

Deforestation Maps and Graphs

This disproportionate world map shows deforestation rates. The largest areas are the areas with the highest deforestation rates. As you can see, the largest areas are Brazil, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, which have the World's most diverse rainforests.

This graph shows annual deforestation rates in the Amazon. As you can see, the area deforested fluctuates. We are currently experiencing a dip in deforestation, but judging by the trend of the graph, we should expect a spike in deforestation in the next few years. 


  1. The Forest Loss chart is somewhat confusing. Each continent uses different color scheme, with hue (intensity) accounting for the countries. So the biggest "blob" in Africa is the tawny yellow one...Is that Egypt or Libya? Ditto with the SE Asian countries. Where are the statistics used to "grow" this map? And for what year (or range of years) and how current?