The case

Clearing of pine tree plantation in Grünheide (Mark, Brandenburg) close to Berlin in early 2020 as seen by Planet Labs satellites in the centre right on the April image. The proximity to areas of nature protection like the Löcknitz value sparked discussion. Please, move the slider in the image below to the right and left to find more about it yourself.

The wider picture

Generally, the tendency of conversion of natural lands towards sealed grounds for industrial and other commercial use is widespread and a global phenomenon. The widening of international value chains, increased consumption and the ‘outsorcing’ of urban functions previously found in the city centres. Logistic facilities, being the real world foot print of the cyberspace is transforming

Our scientific contribution

Under peer review