Classifying drivers of global forest loss

  title={Classifying drivers of global forest loss},
  author={Philip G Curtis and Christy M. Slay and Nancy L. Harris and Alexandra Tyukavina and Matthew C. Hansen},
  pages={1108 - 1111}
Mapping global deforestation patterns Forest loss is being driven by various factors, including commodity production, forestry, agriculture, wildfire, and urbanization. Curtis et al. used high-resolution Google Earth imagery to map and classify global forest loss since 2001. Just over a quarter of global forest loss is due to deforestation through permanent land use change for the production of commodities, including beef, soy, palm oil, and wood fiber. Despite regional differences and efforts… 
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