Palm oil plantations of Borneo from space
Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency gives us a satellite view of palm oil plantations on the island of Borneo.
Palm oil is the most consumed edible vegetable oil in the world because it is used in a such a wide range of high demand products.
From 1980 to 2014, global palm oil production increased from 4.5 million tons to 70 million tons, and is still expanding.
The clearing of tropical forests to make room for palm oil plantations is extremely bad for the climate and is wiping out habitat for species such as the orangutan, which is now critically endangered.
Video Credit: European Space Agency