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Indonesia: Land of the disappearing trees

July 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SUMATRA, INDONESIA—A grim new study says Indonesia’s forests are disappearing so rapidly that the country has now replaced Brazil as the world’s No. 1 deforester. The Nature Climate Change journal reported that Indonesia lost 840,000 hectares of natural forest in 2012, compared with 460,000 hectares in Brazil, even though Indonesia’s forest is a quarter of the size of the Amazon rainforest. Potentially making matters worse, the rate of loss in Indonesia is twice the rate reported by the government. According to Greenpeace, the destruction of forests is being driven by the expansion of the palm oil and pulp and paper industries.