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Indonesia's new president faces scrutiny over potential environmental impacts

Indonesia's new president faces scrutiny over potential environmental impacts

Amid concerns of intensified deforestation, Prabowo Subianto's election as Indonesia's president raises environmental alarms as he proposes expanding nickel mining for economic growth.

Fred Pearce reports for Yale E360.

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Trial of palm oil tycoon Surya Darmadi begins in Jakarta

Palm oil tycoon Surya Darmadi began trial in Jakarta on Thursday over an alleged corruption scheme that deforested tens of thousands of hectares on the island of Sumatra.

Proposal could redefine palm oil-driven deforestation as reforestation in Indonesia
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Proposal could redefine palm oil-driven deforestation as reforestation in Indonesia

JAKARTA — Across large swaths of Indonesia, forests have been cleared to make way for oil palms, making the plantation industry one of the leading drivers of deforestation in the country. But this inconvenient truth may soon be masked by a sleight being peddled by the country’s leading forestry university to reclassify oil palms as […]
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Climate change threatens to squeeze out Indonesia’s medicinal plants

More than half of medicinal plant species in Indonesia won't be able to grow in most of their current range by 2050 due to climate change, a new study says.

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Palm oil plantations, coal mines linked to deadly Indonesia flood

Environmentalists have attributed recent heavy floods in southern Indonesian Borneo to widespread deforestation for oil palm plantations and coal mines.

Indigenous Papuans’ victory over palm oil firm is shaky
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State neglect means Indigenous Papuans’ victory over palm oil firm is shaky

Without this official recognition from the central government, the forest can still be licensed out for agriculture, activists point out.

Vast swaths of lost tropical forest can still be brought back to life
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Vast swaths of lost tropical forest can still be brought back to life

A new study has once again emphasized the importance of restoring degraded tropical forests in the fight against climate change.

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