Earth from space: Palm oil plantations, Borneo

Earth from space: Palm oil plantations, Borneo



Hi. My name is Romina Persi and welcome back to Earth from Space Today, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the palm oil plantations in
East Kalimantan the Indonesian part of the island Borneo Palm oil is the most widely-produced tropical edible oil It’s used in a vast array of products from ice cream and chocolates to cosmetics such as make up and soap to biofuel Not only is it versatile palm oil is also a uniquely productive crop Harvested all year-round oil palm trees produce up to nine times more oil per unit area than other major oil crops To meet global demand palm oil trees are grown on vast industrial plantations leading to acres of rainforest being cut down Between 1980 and 2014 global palm oil production increased from
4.5 million tonnes to 70 million tonnes and is only expected to increase Indonesia is the largest producer of palm oil followed by Malaysia Together they account for 84% of the world’s palm oil production To produce palm oil in large enough quantities to meet growing demand farmers clear large areas of tropical rainforest to make room for palm plantations This leads to a loss of habitat for species
such as the orangutan declared as critically endangered by the WWF In general, burning forests to make room for the crop is also a major source of greenhouse gas emissions In this image the various stages of the deforestation process
are clearly visible the green patches in the plantations are the well-established palm oil farms while the light brown patches show the newly-harvested land The surrounding lush rainforest is visible in dark green The Copernicus Sentinel-2 is a two-satellite mission used mostly to track changes in the way land
is being used as well as monitoring the health of vegetation Each satellite carries a high-resolution camera that images Earth’s surface in 13 spectral bands And that’s all for this week I’m Romina Persi from ESA web TV studios thanks for watching!

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16 thoughts on “Earth from space: Palm oil plantations, Borneo

  1. Bornéu a encolher o verde a desaparecer, e as espécies a sofrer!! Estas imagens demonstram que a desflorestação é rápida e condicionando as espécies que lá vivem …Este vídeo é um alerta …obrigada ESA pelo ar se vê a tristeza que se está a passar nesta zona do globo??!!

  2. monetize biodiversity loss and make everyone involved in the palm oil disaster pay until they go extinct like the species they wiped off the earth

  3. Poor orangutans (orang – person / hutan – forest). Having their houses torn down and lots of concrete persons getting their name wrong. No g on the end. Thanks so much for putting this incredibly important evidence out there in such a matter of fact (and way scary) manner.

  4. I have three questions about the dark energy that drives the universe towards massive expansion
    The proportion of dark energy increases by 9 percent
    The first question about the inflation of the universe before the Big Bang
    What is the difference between the speed of inflation and the speed of dark energy?
    second question
    The percentage of dark energy increases by 9 percent
    How did that rate increase occur?
    The third question about the emergence of dark energy after the great explosion that created our universe
    After the end of inflation, the speed of the universe slowed down in the time of the Big Bang
    After slowing down in the speed of the universe dark energy appeared
    Why did dark energy emerge after the slow expansion of the universe?
    Please send my three questions to the space research team

  5. I have three questions about the dark energy that drives the universe towards massive expansion
    The proportion of dark energy increases by 9 percent
    The first question about the inflation of the universe before the Big Bang
    What is the difference between the speed of inflation and the speed of dark energy?
    second question
    The percentage of dark energy increases by 9 percent
    How did that rate increase occur?
    The third question about the emergence of dark energy after the great explosion that created our universe
    After the end of inflation, the speed of the universe slowed down in the time of the Big Bang
    After slowing down in the speed of the universe dark energy appeared
    Why did dark energy emerge after the slow expansion of the universe?
    Please send my three questions to the space research team

  6. Can't we just give countries like Borneo sanctions until they get their priorities stright. I side with the orangutangs.

  7. A good showcase of how consumerism is breaking our planet's back. We're an insatiable species! This is sad.

  8. It would be interesting to compare this image to images of this region taken in earlier years. BTW: In this episode you did not mention when this particular image was taken. Otherwise this was an episode every consumer of the mentioned goods should watch.

  9. Hi, why did you remove and stop adding Spanish subtitles in the videos?
    I've been asking for subtitles or Spanish language settings again for months but they never respond, why ESA (European Space Agency) ???
    I understand the English language but my request is because before the videos when they contained Spanish subtitles I shared them to my astronomy group on Facebook but since they no longer translate them I can no longer share them.

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