28 Nov '14, 2pm

Indonesia's new president has got our attention for all the right reasons!

President Widodo has been in office since October, 2014. He’s already made headlines for his unconventional leadership style, including flying economy class to Singapore to attend his son’s recent graduation ceremony. He observed that as it was a personal trip, he shouldn’t take a private jet on the country’s tab. This week, Widodo revealed his intention to take action on deforestation and peatland loss while visiting the village of Sungai Tohor, in Sumatra. There he helped locals to dam a canal that was draining water from a peat forest. Peatlands are significant carbon sinks , but they are rapidly being drained and then burned to make way for timber and palm oil plantations . Not only does this release carbon dioxide and airborne pollutants, it also increases the risk of forest fires. When combined with Indonesia’s estimated loss of 840,000 hectares of primary forest in ...

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