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China’s ‘war on pollution’ is working — data shows a steep decline in particulate pollution across the country. But air quality improvements could soon plateau if China relies too much on policies from a ‘command-and-control’ playbook, experts warn.
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Bangladesh emerges as the world’s most polluted country as China rings in at 10th despite clean air gains.
Asia Pulp and Paper's Indah Kiat Perawang Mill in Riau province, Sumatra
Exclusive The paper giant is aiming to rein in its massive carbon footprint in line with the Indonesian government's own net-zero target. Environmentalists fret that the company's aim to triple production and its continued operation on carbon-rich peatlands contradict its decarbonisation goals.
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The former environmental control officer for a coal plant and mine has been tasked to help the Indonesian pulp and paper maker meet its sustainability commitments, which include achieving net-zero emissions by 2030.
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#haze Opinion

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With smoke haze posing a significant pollution problem for Southeast Asia, a victim-pays approach could result in cleaner air for all.
Mongabay Founder Rhett A. Butler: 11 things to watch in 2021
2020 was a rough year for tropical rainforest conservation efforts. So what’s in store for 2021? Mongabay Founder Rhett A. Butler reviews 11 key things to watch in the world of rainforests in 2021.
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As the biggest consumer of palm oil, India can take a lead in demanding ethical production that can stop deforestation in Southeast Asia and reduce air pollution.
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Forest-risk companies in Southeast Asia tend to rely almost entirely on debt financing. In view of this leverage, banks can be deemed directly accountable for deforestation and related offences committed by their borrowers.
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#haze Videos

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Indonesia has made significant progress in fighting the fires caused by slash-and-burn forestry that choke Southeast Asia annually with toxic air pollution. Eco-Business spoke to the chair of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) about what it will take to put the fires out permanently.
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Food & Agriculture

Freedom from Fire

In a bid to prevent another haze crisis, Indonesian agribusiness firms have developed innovative ways to work with communities to stop burning land. Here's how the fire free village programme is tackling the issue, one village at a time.
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Carbon & Climate

Indonesia on fire

Scientists from Center for International Forestry Research explain the causes and effects of burning peatlands as they visit Central Kalimantan in Indonesia.
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From Greenpeace's drones to NASA's satellites, eyes in the sky are revealing the extent of forest fires in Southeast Asia. The bad news: southern New Guinea is now also a hotspot.
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