Corporations and governments keep promising to combat losses of the planet’s tropical rainforests, but forests continue to be cut down at alarming rates. A key driver is economics. Some products that come from rainforest regions are well known, like palm oil, gold and exotic hardwoods for homes and construction. Others might be surprising, like baby wipes, Adidas clothing, and Tesla car batteries.
Working as a senior editor with the NBC News investigations team, Andy Lehren combines analysis of satellite imagery and large datasets with a team of on-the-ground reporters, examining whether corporate and government promises are being kept, and collaborating with journalists around the world, to document rainforest devastation and its links with supply chains and global markets.