National-level efforts to protect land vertebrates tracked.

The Half-Earth Project is a call to protect half the land and sea in order to manage sufficient habitat to safeguard the bulk of biodiversity. But which half? The most recent update to the Half-Earth Map introduces the National Report Cards which summarise various aspects of conservation efforts at the national level. They can be used to explore different national indicators measuring conservation needs and progress and understand the different challenges faced by each country.

Here, we will show you what to expect from the National Report Cards.

In-depth country focus.

The National Report Cards focus on one country at a time. Once a country is selected for exploration, the rest of the world falls away and exposes a 3D map that’s ready to explore. This map view is the entry point for country-level analysis. …

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Smoke plumes caused by wildfires cover almost the entire USA. Data: Data: NOAA. 2017. “Hazard Mapping System (HMS) Fire and Smoke Analysis.” Office of Satellite and Product Operations, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Accessed through Resource Watch, 18 September 2020

Record-breaking wildfires are burning in the USA — again.

Sometimes, it seems to me that extreme wildfires are a recurring theme in our global headlines. Australia. Brazil. California. But why? Is what we’re seeing unusual? Or are we seeing a pattern that will repeat itself if we fail to act on climate change?

To understand what’s happening and how it affects our society, we need data. And for that we have access to open data platforms. Through these platforms we can stay informed, predict the future, and make plans to protect the things we love.

Using Global Forest Watch, Resource Watch, and PREPdata to explore the data, it’s clear that this year’s fires in the USA are worse than normal. …

For the first time, data on mangrove deforestation, carbon storage and coastline protection are easily and freely accessible online. Global Mangrove Watch — a mapping platform — highlights the importance of mangroves and provides the data that are needed to inform conservation and restoration planning. With this information, decisions can be made to mitigate climate change and protect the livelihoods of billions of people who live in, and depend on, coastal areas.

Global Mangrove Watch explores the science behind remote sensing. Scientists from Aberystwyth University, soloEO, Wetlands International and The Nature Conservancy and a host of other partners joined together to provide the data. …


Camellia Williams

Lead Writer at Vizzuality.

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