Indonesia is pushing to protect peatlands and mangroves from annual fires that are disastrous for the world’s carbon emissions. The efforts are key to the global climate struggle but face a major challenge from the palm oil, pulp and paper and logging industries.
After a foreign researcher was forced to leave the country, the scientific community reckons with a government in Indonesia sensitive to findings that contradict the official line.
Slash and burn practices for palm oil led to a sharp increase in Indonesian forest fires this year. Top global consumer brands continue to buy raw products from producers engaging in these activities.