Ghost Roads Signal Imminent Deforestation in Asia-Pacific Rainforests, Study Finds

Researchers at James Cook University in Australia have uncovered a vast network of undocumented “ghost roads” penetrating untouched rainforests in the Asia-Pacific region, leading to significant deforestation.

Using Google Earth to analyze tropical forests on the islands of Borneo, Sumatra, and New Guinea, the team documented approximately 1.37 million kilometres (850,000 miles) of roads—three to seven times the amount officially recorded in road databases. These ghost roads, which include bulldozed tracks through natural rainforest and informal roads on palm oil plantations, are strong indicators of imminent rainforest destruction, according to the study published in the journal Nature. The researchers described these roads as “among the gravest of all direct threats to tropical forests.” Read More

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