The Malaysian state of Sarawak was once home to one of Asia’s most biologically diverse tropical rainforests. That was until a technical report by a British aristocrat initiated 25 years of support for a disastrous forest management program that continues to this day.
Satellite data reveals that concessions cover more than half the Malaysian state of Sarawak, often overlapping with sensitive intact forests that are being degraded at one of the highest rates in the world.
A recent government audit found evidence of timber laundering, where exporters make illegally logged wood appear to be legitimately harvested by concocting “ghost trees” – trees that never existed, except on paper.
Indonesia's fires are truly out of control, with huge repercussions for the economy, climate and public health. It's a topic that should be high on the agenda when President Obama and Indonesia President Joko Widodo meet this week.
Kebakaran di Indonesia terus menghasilkan asap dan kabut di seluruh wilayah, dengan polusi udara mencapai level yang sangat berbahaya dalam semalam di Singapura. Sejak pukul 5 pagi pada tanggal 25 September, level polutan negara tersebut merupakan yang tertinggi dari yang pernah diukur hingga tahun 2015. Pada level ini, seluruh masyarakat cenderung terkena dampak negatif, dan para pihak yang berwenang telah menutup semua sekolah dasar dan menengah hingga situasi menjadi lebih baik.
Land and forest fires in Indonesia continue to cause smog and haze across the region, with air pollutants reaching hazardous levels overnight in Singapore. Indonesia's fires have reached their highest point in at least three years, with more than 13,000 fire alerts in the last week alone.