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Indonesia’s Biological Wonders Are Worth the Fight

Indonesia is one of the most wonderful places on Earth but it has such a poor record of conservation and environmental management that environmentalists can’t help but complain. But no matter how upset environmentalists get at the devastation, fighting to save the wildlife is worth every second.  Read more on Mongabay. Read more about Indonesia’s…

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Dams Be Damned: Study Finds Large Dams Are Too Expensive

 Researchers at Oxford University have found that large dams cost so much money and take so long to build that they may not be economically viable. Add the environmental and social impacts in the surrounding areas and it is easy to see that dams are not worth the trouble. Read more on Mongabay. Read more…

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Ag Giant ADM Boosts Greener Palm Oil

 Yet another company has committed  to greener palm oil, this time a major agriculture company called Archer Daniels Midland. Read more below to find out how they plan to enforce these new standards and why some believe this new policy still needs to be strengthened. Read more on Mongabay. Read more about palm oil in…

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ABB to review Malaysia business

The Swedish-Swiss power technology provider ABB recently met with the indigenous delegation from Sarawak to discuss the effects of their business in Malaysia. Read more below to find out how much Bruno Manser Fund demanded for indemnification for indigenous communities from ABB. Read more on Bruno Manser Fonds. Read more about dams in Borneo, then join…

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Borneo Natives Take Anti-Dams Campaign to Europe

An NGO delegation from Sarawak visits Switzerland and Norway to meet government officials and European energy corporations’ headquarters – ABB and Norconsult to be held accountable for their Malaysia business. Read more below about what they had to say. Read more on Bruno Manser Fonds. Read more about dams in Borneo, then join the discussion…

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NASA Data: 1997 All Over Again for Indonesia?

In 1997, fires caused by the El Niño burned across approximately 8 million hectares of land in Sumatra and Borneo and released as much as 2.5 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere. Read more below to find out why we might see the same if not more destruction this year. Read more on Mongabay.…

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Indonesia President Lauds Success of Logging Ban, Urges Continued Action

At the 2014 Forest Asia Summit, the current Indonesian President has expressed his hope that his successor would be able to prolong the ban on new logging and plantation concessions he introduced in 2011. Read more below to find out how this ban has helped reduce deforestation and what he said still needs to be done. Read more…

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APP Commits to Conserve, Restore 1M ha of Indonesian Forest; WWF Pledges Support

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), Indonesia’s largest pulp and paper company, has committed to protect and restore a million hectares of forest across Indonesia. Their pledge was immediately welcomed by WWF, which has been one of APP’s staunchest critics. Read more below to find out where this restoration will take place in Indonesia and what other…

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Unanimous Decision To Adopt PR’s 20% Policy On Oil

Oil revenue rebels from BN, Governor Taib’s own party, were unanimous in ditching Taib’s dated and unfair policies on Sarawak’s oil royalty by adopting a 20% policy on oil. Read more below to find out just how old this unjust policy was and why some feel that Sarawak is still getting shortchanged with the new policy. Read more…

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Emissions From Rainforest Logging Average 16% of Those From Deforestation

A new study that evaluated six countries found that carbon emissions from selective logging operations in tropical rainforests are roughly a sixth of those from outright forest clearing. Read more to find out how scientists figured out this data and why this study is one of the most accurate estimates of emissions from tropical logging yet.…

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