A business engagement campaign led by NGO People's Movement to Stop Haze aims to convert all of the city-state's palm oil users to the sustainable variety. It won't be easy, with palm oil's poor image and the perceived high cost of green palm among numerous obstacles.
The country would also have to stop burning coal by 2048 in order to contribute to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to new analysis by a Jakarta-based think tank.
The green group has had its licence to work with Indonesia's environment ministry on nature park conservation terminated. Its support of West Papua's declaration to conserve its forests could be a factor. Should other foreign-based NGOs be worried about their future in the climate-critical archipelago?
Sakinah Ummu Haniy
and Hidayah Hamzah, Mirzha Hanifah –
According to data displayed on Global Forest Watch Fires, there have been 66,000 fire alerts in Indonesia from January through the end of September. While this is much lower than fire levels in 2015, it far exceeds those in the past three years.
Joshua Castellino –
If countries abandon their unregulated urban messes to go after virgin land to build megacities, the environmental pressures will increase, writes Minority Rights Group International's Joshua Castellino.
Della Syahni, Mongabay.com –
Ahead of Indonesia’s presidential election on April 17, an online movie was recently published showing the links between Indonesian coal and energy companies and the country’s political elites.