Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), blood poisoning and premature deaths are just some of the known public health hazards of haze that affect thousands. The actual scale of the impacts could be bigger, if only solid research data is available.
Felda Global Ventures violated its own sustainability policy and abandoned its obligation as member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) when it destroyed 1,000 hectares of peat swamp in Borneo last year.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo's administration has issued a new policy that hopes to provide big oil palm and timber planters with lands elsewhere in the country, but the land-swap scheme has met strong opposition from business groups.
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Must peatland be drained for palm oil or acacia plantations out of economic necessity? Oscar M Lopez for Climate Change Climate Envoy Chris Cheng shares how wetland agriculture, or paludiculture, is a far more sustainable and lucrative alternative.
Nazir Foead, head of Indonesia's new Peatland Restoration Agency brings new energy to solving the country's deforestation and peatland problems, but engagement with major consumer giants India and China is lacking, and we still need to look at the million-dollar question of who will pay for sustainable goods.
Large-scale, human-induced landscape fires in Indonesia have been making headlines since the early 1980s. The impact of these fires is noticeable at the domestic, regional and global spheres in the ...