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EU to use satellites to track climate threats to forests

The European Commission has now proposed a forest monitoring system that is set to use satellites to track all threats in our forests which will include wildfires and illegal logging. This comes after a huge blow to Europe's forests as extreme heat increase the risk of deadly wildfires. According to EU data nearly 900,000 hectares of EU land was burned in forest fires last year, an area roughly the size of Corsica. These climate change effects haunts Europe's climate action plan a big deal, since their CO2-storing capacity is needed to meet climate targets and protect surrounding areas from flooding. Now the EU Commission has proposed a law that would see Brussels collect forest data from the EU's Copernicus Sentinel satellites. EU member states would also be obliged to gather ground measurements of trends including the areas available for logging, the volume of trees and the location of ancient forests. "We need to see the trends, need to predict better, we need to see how they are responding to climate change," EU Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius told Reuters. "At this moment there are no comprehensive monitoring requirements to provide an overall picture of the state of our forests," he said. The new data will also help track other risks, like illegal logging, across national borders, Sinkevicius said. Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/eu-use-satellites-track-climate-threats-forests-2023-11-22/

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  • Abraham Jok Atem

    6 w

    This is super excellent

    • Rashid Kamau

      13 w

      Great commitments implemented for the safety of the forests.

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      • winnie nguru

        20 w

        There is no limit to what technology can achieve and i believe this too is achievable

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        • walter lungayi

          21 w

          Great initiative. This will help identify areas that are most at risk and allow for targeted conservation efforts. It's important that we take proactive measures to protect our forests, as they play a crucial role in mitigating climate change and supporting biodiversity.

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          • Joseph Githinji

            21 w

            @walter_lungayi true, forests are key towards creating a sustainable future.

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          • Gorffly mokua

            21 w

            Great intervention!👏👏💚

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            • George Kariuki

              21 w

              The European Commission's proposal to utilize satellites for comprehensive forest monitoring is a significant step toward addressing climate threats to forests, including the escalating risks of wildfires and illegal logging.

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              • Joseph Githinji

                21 w

                @george_kariuki its surely a great plan

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              • Abdelkrim Zemzari

                21 w

                start up environmental education from kindergarden level

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                • Joseph Githinji

                  21 w

                  @abdelkrim_zemzari this is a good long term solution.

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                • Grace Njeri

                  21 w

                  Great initiative,our forests have to be protected.

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                  • Esther Wanjiku

                    21 w

                    Monitoring forests through advanced tech is a very brilliant initiative

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                    • Kevin

                      21 w

                      Absolute scenes

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                      • Rashid Kamau

                        21 w

                        Tremendous commitments by EU.

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                        • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                          21 w

                          The European Commission's proposal to use satellites for a comprehensive forest monitoring system is a crucial step in addressing climate threats to forests. Given the escalating risks, particularly from wildfires and illegal logging, this initiative is timely and essential. The significant land burned in forest fires last year underscores the urgency to enhance monitoring efforts.

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                          • Joseph Githinji

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                            @rukia_ahmed_abdi I agree, its an essential plan that is well timely.

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                          • johnte ndeto

                            21 w

                            It's such a brilliant idea to detect any dangers to our forests and do the necessary counter measures on time

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                            • Joseph Githinji

                              21 w

                              @johnte_ndeto true, its a time saver , technology is the best solution.

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                            • We Don't Have Time

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                              • CHRIS NGATIA

                                21 w

                                This will help in reducing forest calamities .. Great work EU

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                                • Elizabeth Gathigia

                                  21 w

                                  Commendable efforts from EU for protecting the forests

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                                  • Princess

                                    21 w

                                    @elizbeth_gathigia that's great news.This approach enhances the ability to address climate threats and moreover contribute to preservation of ecosystems.

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                                  • Videlis Eddie

                                    21 w

                                    this amazing.... its a way of preventing the worse

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                                    • Princess

                                      21 w

                                      @videlis_wanjiru thats true, employing satellite technology will help prevent potential environmental challenges .

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                                      • Joseph Githinji

                                        21 w

                                        @princess_nel_268 I agree

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                                      • Princess

                                        21 w

                                        This is a great initiative 👍.

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                                        • Edwin wangombe

                                          21 w

                                          this is amazing... it will help prevent tragedies even before they happen hence protecting the ecosystem

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                                          • rosebellendiritu

                                            21 w

                                            @edwin_wangombe this means they will not be caught unawares,it's good to be informed before to help in taking swift action.

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                                            • Princess

                                              21 w

                                              @edwin_wangombe exactly, the use of satellite technology serves as a powerful tool to anticipate and prevent potential tragedies.

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                                              • Joseph Githinji

                                                21 w

                                                @edwin_wangombe prevention is truly the best way to save the planet.

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                                              • Munene Mugambi

                                                21 w

                                                It is clear the EU has the resources to stop climate change, if they fail to do it it's by design. I hope they take note of other environmental challenges too and tackle them

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                                                • Jane Wangui

                                                  21 w

                                                  @munene_mugambi Satellites to track climate threats to forests???this will be very effective in climate change.We must safeguard our water catchment areas.

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                                                  • Princess

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                                                    @munene_mugambi i believe EU's resources position them well to address climate change, and it's crucial for them to leverage these capabilities effectively.

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