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20 years of Forest Loss in Indonesia and Malaysia

Deforestation in Indonesia affects the long-term loss of forests across much of the nation. Indonesia is home to some of the most biologically diverse forests globally and ranks 3d in biodiversity after Brazil and the DR of Congo. As late as 1900, Indonesia was still a densely forested nation: forests covered 84% of the total land area. Deforestation amplified in the 1970s and has accelerated further. The estimated forest cover of 170 million hectares around 1900 decreased to less than 100 million hectares by the end of the 20th century. Logging to clear land for cultivation has made Indonesia the world's third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind China and the U.S. By 2012 Indonesia had exceeded the rate of deforestation in Brazil and become the fastest forest clearing nation globally. But in the past 5 years, the deforestation rate has decreased by 90 percent, from more than one million hectares a year in 2016 to a historic low of 115.5 thousand hectares in 2020. The gove

Every Country’s Most Popular Houseplant Mapped

It’s the affair of the century: the houseplant has wrapped its tendrils around humankind’s heart, and it won’t let go. The millennials began the affair. They filled their rental possessions with vegetation and took ‘shelfies’ to supplement their Instagram selfies. Then, yearly gardening income in the United States increased by 4.62 percent in 2018, as Gen Z left home and joined the houseplant mania . And just like any other relationship, the pandemic amplified things. In 2020, gain almost doubled to 8.79 percent, with shops overwhelmed by 10 times the daily orders they foresaw. Along with the COVID pandemic, plant affection went… well, if not viral, then rhizomatic, extending and growing in nations worldwide. An indoor plant is a hobby, a shoulder to cry on, a rosary for our existential anxieties , and an interiors flex on Zoom. So the world purchased houseplants. But some houseplants get more passion than others. HouseFresh examined Google search data for the 230 most-Instagrammed

Arctic death spiral

The Arctic Ocean occupies 14.1 million square kilometers (5.4 million sq mi)  around Earth's North Pole. Historically, most of the surface of the Arctic Ocean stayed ice-covered year-round. Close this core of year-round ice was an edge of seasonal ice that froze each winter and melted each summer. The Arctic ice mass gets its maximum extent in March and its minimum extent in September. According to a preliminary report from the National Snow and Ice Data Center on September 16, 2021, sea ice cover seemed to get its annual summer minimum. The extent of the Arctic Ocean where sea ice concentration was at least 15% was 4.72 million square kilometers (1.82 million sq mi). That's the twelfth-smallest summer minimum on record and  1.5 million square kilometers (579 thousand sq mi) below the 1981-2010 average. created amazing visualization of how to dissolve ice sheet in the Arctic ocean. As Arctic sea ice vanishes, the following feedback effects have already b