Global Forest Watch shines a light on the world's worst environmental offenders.

Deforestation is a serious problem, but it's also far removed from urban dwellers everyday lives for the most part, which is what makes it so hard to appreciate the damage that is being done on a daily basis. To add another tool to the environmentalist's arsenal, Google has partnered with 40 organizations to create an “almost” real-time map of forest destruction around the world.

Global Forest Watch (GFW) is a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that brings together satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests. It's a free platform and follows an open data approach in putting decision-relevant information in the hands of governments, companies, NGOs, and the public.

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