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Long considered an unproductive hindrance to growth and development, peat swamp forest
s in Southeast Asia have been systematically cleared, drained and burned away to make room plantations and construction. Now, as alternating cycles of fires
Agriculture plays a massive role in today’s global economy. It’s easy to not realize that your salad’s fresh tomatoes are likely flown in from the Netherlands, its asparagus is picked by a Peruvian farmer and the dressing has palm oil
More than 30 percent of Borneo's rainforests have been destroyed over the past forty years due to fires
, industrial logging, and the spread of plantations, finds a new study that provides the most comprehensive analysis of the island's forest
Trees in Indonesia are disappearing at twice the rate reported by the nation's government, according to a new analysis of deforestation rates. The data also suggests that the nation's 2011 regulations to halt deforestation were largely ...
Indonesia cleared 840,000 hectares of forest
in 2012 compared to 460,000 hectares in Brazil, with new research suggesting that the true size of deforestation and climate change impacts have been significantly under reported.
Forests play ...
Eliminating deforestation, peatlands and forest
degradation, and forest fires
in the tropics could reduce global carbon emissions by two billion tons a year, or nearly a fifth, argues a new study published in Global Change Biology.
For years, this is known as a smoky, hazy time of year in Sumatra, Indonesia. And each year it’s getting worse. It’s the dry season, and hundreds of thousands of hectares of Indonesian peatland fires
will burn for months. Those fires
are a direct ...
Comprised of over 17,000 islands that are highly susceptible to rising seas, Indonesia is taking stock of its position as the world's third leading emitter of greenhouse gases after the United States and China.
Faced with the upcoming ...
One of Indonesia's most unique biosphere reserves is at risk of being destroyed by forest fires
unless local and national government can work together to save it, a UNESCO expert says.
Covering around 700,000 hectares of the Bengkalis ...
This is the seventh in an ongoing series of articles developed in support of this year's two Katoomba Meetings, both of which are taking place in Latin America. The first meeting will take place on March 19 and 20 at Iguazú Falls, on the border ...
I once stumbled out of a jungle in the Congo Basin and startled two Bantu farmers -- both women -- tending a small field. I spoke no Bantu and they no French, and so we just stared at each other, a little warily, until one of their toddlers ...
Procter & Gamble has bowed to pressure from environmentalists and revealed a new, extensive no-deforestation policy in the production of its products, including demanding fully traceable palm oil
In the wake of severe ...
High above the vast Indonesian island of Sumatra, satellites identify hundreds of plumes of smoke drifting over the oil palm
plantations and rainforests. They look harmless as the monsoon winds sweep them north and east towards Singapore, ...
The recent surge in forest fires
in Riau has raised questions over the commitment of major companies to fight open burning, as satellites revealed that the current number of hot spots exceeds the number that caused last year's choking ...
In early March 2014, forest
and peat fires
in Indonesia's Riau province, on the island of Sumatra, spiked to levels not seen since the previous Southeast Asian haze crisis of June 2013. Nearly 50,000 Indonesians are suffering respiratory ailments ...
he lowland swamp forest
s of Riau Province in Indonesia are dense with gnarled roots and tall rainforest trees. The habitat supports critically endangered tigers and a bewildering array of other species, ranging from short-clawed otters to leaf ...
in Indonesia are destroying large areas of forest
on land owned by lumber and palm oil
companies, casting further attention on western companies that buy commodities from the affected regions.
, which have been burning ...
Greenpeace released a spoof video of the Procter & Gamble’s “Thank You Mom” advertisement showing how deforestation for palm oil
is orphaning orangutans in Indonesian. Greenpeace activists also took action today at P&G’s global headquarters in a ...
Indonesia’s palm oil
industry has gained a notorious reputation in recent years. Palm oil
companies are routinely accused of clearing primary forest
s, destroying the habitats of endangered species, releasing massive amounts of carbon by draining ...
Greenpeace has called on the multinational Procter & Gamble (P&G) to commit to an immediate “no-deforestation” policy after linking the company to palm oil
suppliers in Indonesia which have allegedly engaged in destructive deforestation, clearing ...
Indonesia's Riau province declared a state of emergency on Thursday as haze from raging forest fires
, often deliberately set, disrupted flights and marine navigation and authorities reported a sharp rise in respiratory problems.
Singapore and Malaysia are grappling with some of the driest weather they have ever seen, forcing the tiny city-state to ramp up supplies of recycled water while its neighbour rations reserves amid disruptions to farming and ...
that ravaged parts of Indonesia in mid-2013 and caused regional tensions have made it harder for the government to meet its goals for reducing carbon emissions, according to a report by climate scientists -- and experts and activists ...
An Indonesian court issued a big blow to a palm oil
company for illegally destroying forest
land in Sumatra’s protected Leuser Ecosystem, which provides critical habitat for orangutans and other endangered species.
In what’s being called ...
An Indonesian court has found the palm oil
company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burning large swathes of the Tripa peat forest
, which lies within Sumatra`s Leuser Ecosystem, the only place on Earth where tigers, elephants, rhinos, and ...