SEIZED. Indonesian officials discover more than 100 pangolins on Tuesday, October 24, in a raid on a fishing boat off the east coast of Sumatra island. Screenshot from AFP Pangolins – docile animals with a thick armor – are indigenous to parts of Southeast Asia and Africa and are the world’s most trafficked mammal
PEKANBARU, Indonesia (Oct. 29, 2017) — Indonesian authorities have seized more than 100 pangolins, all of them alive, an official said Wednesday, October 25, a haul of the critically endangered species that conservationists estimate to be worth about $1.5 million.
Continue reading Indonesia seizes 101 pangolins on fishing boat Forest land cleared for palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images This year’s Halloween confectionery will contain palm oil grown on land that should lawfully be habitat to orangutans, rhinos and clouded leopards, despite commitment to clean up supply chains
October 27, 2017 — Nestlé, Mars and Hershey have been accused of breaking pledges to stop using “conflict palm oil” from deforested Indonesian jungles, just days before the annual Halloween confectionery frenzy.
Continue reading Nestlé, Mars and Hershey ‘breaking promises over palm oil use’ EVACUATION. A boy sits behind his parents and villagers after being evacuated during the raised alert levels for the volcano on Mount Agung in Klungkung regency on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 22, 2017. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP Mount Agung, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August and officials recommend people stay at least 9 kilometers away from the crater
KARANGASEM, Indonesia (Sept. 22, 2017) — Indonesian officials raised the highest possible alert for a volcano on the resort island of Bali late Friday, September 22, after tremors prompted thousands to flee over fears it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years.
Continue reading Bali volcano on highest alert level, thousands flee The coal industry says the growth of coal-fired stations in Asia is proof of a bright future for the fuel. Photograph: Lu Guang/Greenpeace The vast majority of newly built stations in Indonesia relied on export credits agencies or development banks, says study by Market Forces
July 20, 2017 — The much-discussed boom in coal-fired power in south-east Asia is being bankrolled by foreign governments and banks, with the vast majority of projects apparently too risky for the private sector.
Continue reading Asia’s coal-fired power boom ‘bankrolled by foreign governments and banks’ RARE MEETING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (C) delivers a joint statement after his meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (L) and Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman (R) in Manila on June 22, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP The Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia will also study a proposal to ‘stop the flow of terrorist financing’ after a rare security meeting
MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 23, 2017) — The Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia agreed to study a plan to “contain” the spread of terrorism through social media, as they capped a rare meeting in Manila on Thursday, June 22.
Continue reading ASEAN countries eye fight vs terror in social media Image by Rappler.com A tsunami alert initially issued for the Pacific island nation and its neighbors was later cancelled
SYDNEY, Australia (Jan. 22, 2017) — A major 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea Sunday, January 22, but a tsunami alert initially issued for the Pacific island nation and its neighbors was later cancelled.
Continue reading Magnitude 7.9 quake shakes PNG, prompting tsunami alert FIRST OFFSHORE. With generating capacity of 75 megawatts (MW), AC Energy says the Sidrap project is targeted for completion by the end of 2017. Background image from UPC Renewables’ website With a generating capacity of 75 megawatts (MW), the Sidrap Project is the first greenfield offshore investment of AC Energy
MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 11, 2017) — A subsidiary of Ayala Corporation has sealed a deal to build, develop, and operate the first utility-scale wind farm in Indonesia, which is worth $150 million.
Continue reading Ayala to build, operate $150-M Indonesia wind farm Farmer Pak Dahlan walks through an oil palm plantation in Dosan, Sumatra. The village has made a concerted effort to tackle the forest fires which ravage the region every year. Photograph: Laura Villadiego The small village of Dosan has not recorded a single fire since 2012, despite being surrounded by palm oil plantations
September 14, 2016 — Fires have returned once again to the forests and peatlands of Riau province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The annual environmental disaster devastates millions of hectares
Continue reading Indonesia forest fires, has this Sumatran village got the solution Image by Rappler.com ‘The court accepted Malaysia’s proposal to extradite the men to Malaysia’ based on Vietnam’s mutual legal support laws with Malaysia, the report adds
HANOI, Vietnam (Sept. 12, 2016) — A Vietnamese court on Monday, September 12, agreed to hand over to Malaysia 8 Indonesians who were arrested last year on suspicion of hijacking a Malaysian-flagged oil tanker, according to reports.
Continue reading Vietnam to extradite Indonesian ‘pirates’ to Malaysia – reports A fire-damaged plantation in Riau, Indonesia. Photograph: Indonesian Ministry of Environment/EPA Seven people from a ministry of environment team documenting illegal forest fires were taken hostage and threatened, ministry says
September 7, 2016 — Up to 100 Indonesian men, believed to have been hired by a palm oil firm, took a team of official environmental investigators hostage on Friday and threatened to burn them alive, Indonesia’s environment ministry has said.
Continue reading Palm oil firm accused of hiring men to kidnap smog inspectors in Indonesia