I want to share one of todays’ best news. From space, it is evident that deforestation in South America shows signs of improvement thanks to the efforts of the inhabitants of these areas and regional governments. This has been confirmed by the ESA, (European Space Agency) This agency will soon launch a new satellite to monitor the status of the lungs of the planet for a more rapid assessment of the situation.
Given that in recent years the condition for these areas has been extremely critical, for example, in Brazil, after the devastating fire, almost a third of the primary tropical forest was lost. Nevertheless, something that we see more clearly is that the presence of indigenous populations tends to have a protective function of the forest, even more so when indigenous territories are recognized. In addition, a joint effort was started for reforestation and containment in the face of the alarming destruction of primary forests all around the world.
The deforestation of the Amazon rainforest is one of the great threats to the most important plant lung on planet earth. From the view of the satellites towards the earth, it can be seen that the South American region, affected by deforestation, desertification, and the melting of millenary glaciers, shows small signs of recovery.
Another phenomenon that affects the world is the melting of vast ice masses in the majority of our planet. In this sense, an international team has quantified the loss of ice at nine billion tons, between 1961 and 2016, causing a rise in sea level of 27 millimeters. And the biggest regional losses were in Alaska, followed by the Greenland ice sheet, glaciers in the southern Andes mountain range and Antarctica.
The ESA informs that another satellite will be launched in 2022 and will have as a priority and objective, the study of the most important glaciers and ice formations in the world.
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