In November this year, the world was greeted by the dismaying news that deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon jumped 28% in the past year. The year 2013 also holds the dubious distinction of being the first time since humans appeared on the planet, that carbon concentrations in the atmosphere rose to 400 parts per million. A map by Google revealed that Russia, Brazil, the United States, Canada and Indonesia all displayed over 10 million hectares of gross forest loss from 2000-2012, with the highest deforestation rate occurring in Malaysia. Despite some critiques of the technology, the map predicts a future in which technology will increasingly reveal the true scope of habitat destruction wrought on the planet by the human race. In these tumultuous times, some scientists have made a strong case for the preservation not only of pristine forests, but also areas subject to high human-modification, particularly in the tropics.