Brunei Aims to Combat Climate Change

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: In addressing climate change and its impacts, Brunei Darussalam believes that there is a need to strike a balance between economic growth, social development and environmental protection that forms the very foundation of sustainable development, Borneo Bulletin reported.   Brunei continues to integrate and mainstream environmental dimensions into...

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RSPO Fails to Act as Muara Tae is Destroyed

LONDON: The credibility of the international Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has been called into question over its failure to act against a company bulldozing ancestral forests and perpetrating human rights abuses in Indonesia. First Resources Ltd has submitted documents to the RSPO falsely claiming that its subsidiary PT Borneo Surya...

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Oil Palm Plantations Replacing Indonesian Forests at Alarming Rate

A paper published this week in Nature Climate Change confirms that expansion of oil palm plantations in Indonesia is destroying the country’s rainforests while simultaneously increasing global carbon emissions.  The study, led by Yale and Stanford University researchers, used Landsat satellite analyses to discern multiple land covers, coupled with above-and below-ground carbon accounting. The study...

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Despite Moratorium, Indonesia’s Peatland Forests Continue to be Destroyed

In 2011, Indonesia agreed to establish a deforestation moratorium as part of its reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) agreement with Norway.  Indonesia’s deforestation rate is among the highest in the world, threatening the native wildlife and indigenous communities that live there.  Under the agreement, Norway would provide up...

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A New Population of Wild Orangutans Found!

In a recent survey led by Forest Department Sarawak (FDS) under the Heart of Borneo (HoB) initiative, a new wild population of orangutans was found outside a national park or sanctuary. Before the discovery, the population of wild orangutans in the state was previously believed to be between 1,200 to...

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Sabah Forestry Department’s ‘Protection Forest’ Initiative will Protect 700 sq km of Rainforest

The Sabah Forestry Department recently re-gazetted  700 sq kilometers of Ulu Segama Forest Reserve and Northern Gunung Rara, which border the Danum Valley conservation area known for its research facilities and high levels of biodiversity. The area will be reclassified from Class 2 commercial forests to Class 1 protection forests,...

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The Language of Orangutans

An exciting study on how orangutans communicate was recently published on May 7 by a team led by Dr. Serge Wich of the University of Zurich. Their work suggests that the way humans learn a language is possibly inherited from our ape ancestors. This study also suggests for the first...

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Among The Orangutans Of Malaysian Borneo

Borneo is home to more than 90% of the world’s orangutan population. Other than the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Borneo is the only habitat where these ginger apes live in the wild. Poaching and loss of habitat are the main reasons the population of these endangered animals is declining. Scroll...

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