Pin­point­ing de­for­esta­tion

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A NEW tech­nique us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to pre­dict where de­for­esta­tion is most likely to oc­cur could help the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo (DRC) pre­serve its shrink­ing rain­for­est and cut car­bon emis­sions, re­searchers have said. The DRC’s rain for­est, the world’s sec­ond largest af­ter the Ama­zon, is un­der pres­sure from farms, mines, log­ging and in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, sci­en­tists say. Pro­tect­ing forests is widely seen as one of the cheap­est and most ef­fec­tive ways to re­duce the emis­sions driv­ing global warm­ing. But con­ser­va­tion ef­forts in the DRC have suf­fered from a lack of pre­cise data on which ar­eas of the coun­try’s vast ter­ri­tory are most at risk. – Reuters

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