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Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away?

Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away?
I’ve often wondered how the media would respond when eco-apocalypse struck. I pictured the news programmes producing brief, sensational reports, while failing to explain why it was happening or how it might be stopped. Then they would ask their financial correspondents how the disaster affected share prices, before turning to the sport. As you can probably tell, I don’t have an ocean of faith in the industry for which I work. What I did not expect was that they would ignore it. A great tract of Earth is on fire. And the media? What I’m discussing is a barbecue on a different scale. But that doesn’t really capture it. One of the burning provinces is West Papua, a nation that has been illegally occupied by Indonesia since 1963. Nor do the greenhouse gas emissions capture the impact on the people of these lands. It’s not just the trees that are burning. Why is this happening? The president, Joko Widodo, is – or wants to be – a democrat.

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5 Innocent Animals Suffering at the Hands of the Palm Oil Industry When pondering the harmful effects the palm oil industry has on the planet, it’s easy to initially think only about the damage done to the land and environment. However, at best, the wildlife that previously called those lands their home are left without their original habitats essential for their survival. And the worst-case scenario — death — unfortunately happens to them all too often. Because the palm oil tree grows only in tropical equatorial regions around the globe, rainforests in these regions (particularly in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia) are being rapidly deforested to make way for palm oil tree plantations. Of course, all living creatures that reside in this diverse ecosystem are negatively impacted by the loss of their habitats, but several threatened or endangered species are facing extinction due to this industry. 1.

UK weather: Storm Abigail to bring a month's worth of rain in two days Storm Abigail is set to hit Britain earlier than expected, sparking warnings of lightning, 90mph winds and likely disruption to transport and power networks. And in a new set of warnings, the Met Office said a month’s rain could fall in less than 48 hours over the weekend, bringing flooding to some areas. Abigail represents a landmark for UK forecasting, being the first time a severe weather system has been given a name under the Met Office’s “Name Our Storms” project. The Met Office’s severe weather warning for Abigail was updated on Thursday morning, bringing forward the expected start of the storm to early evening and including the Shetlands in an “amber” warning for wind. Widespread gusts of 70 to 80mph were forecast, increasing to 90mph in exposed locations. Chief meteorologist Paul Gunderson said: "In terms of impact, the Western Isles, north of Scotland and Orkney could see winds of 90mph with potential impacts upon transport and maybe power supplies too.

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