The consequences are, of course, staggering. Habitat loss, desertification, loss of biodiversity, soil erosion, ground water reductions... I'm sure that I know only a small part of it.
Part of my vision for Shinrin-Yoku.org is to help our entire culture take a new look at forests. As a people we look at the natural world and see resources rather than relationship. I want us to be in conscious, respectful, and loving relationship with forests. But I also see how helping us see them as resources for human health and well-being can help bring about a shift in our attitudes.
So...I figured that someone had already made an interactive map of deforestation. I asked my good friend Google about this, and was promptly pointed to this article in the New York Times. Great interactive maps. Spend a few minutes with it. Be sure to click the little buttons (below). Note that the "Recent Losses" animation compares 2000 to 2005; if anyone knows of a more current map let me know. The article was published almost two years ago. I'll post anything I find here.