Seeing the forests for the trees, from space

Trees act as a brake on climate change and lock away the carbon in the roots, trunks and branches. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: PEXELS
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SINGAPORE - A new digital platform aims to map the world's forests down to each tree, helping track deforestation, fires and other threats and boosting the accuracy of calculating the carbon stored in these treasure troves of nature.

The non-profit CTrees project, backed by philanthropic groups, says its main goal is to provide a global map for buyers, investors and policymakers to boost the accuracy of carbon accounting by providing near real-time data from space.

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