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Peat swamp forest set ablaze by palm oil companies, killing more than a hundred orangutans

By Kathy Marks / The Independent Fires raging unchecked in an Indonesian peat swamp forest could wipe out the remaining Sumatran orang-utans which live there, conservationists are warning. The forest is one of the last refuges of the great apes. The illegal fires, started by palm-oil companies clearing land to plant the lucrative crop, are … Continue reading Peat swamp forest set ablaze by palm oil companies, killing more than a hundred orangutans

How coal mining has turned Jharia from woodland to desolate wasteland

In Jharia, in the federal state of Jharkhand, around 600,000 people live in the middle of one of India’s biggest coal mining areas. There’s nothing in it for most of them. Quite the opposite: the soil, the water and the air are now contaminated, of all things in an area that was previously rich in woodland. ... Continue reading →

Global warming likely to double or triple incidence of forest fires

By Stephen Leahy / Inter Press Service Rising temperatures are drying out northern forests and peatlands, producing bigger and more intense fires. And this will only get much worse as the planet heats up from the use of ever larger amounts of fossil fuels, scientists warned last week at the end of a major science … Continue reading Global warming likely to double or triple incidence of forest fires