28 Aug '12, 4pm

Rainforests decline sharply in Sumatra, but rate of deforestation slows

Rainforests decline sharply in Sumatra, but rate of deforestation slows

APP's new 'sustainability roadmap' won't spare unprotected tiger habitat in Sumatra (07/27/2012) Asia Pulp & Paper's new sustainability commitment represents a scaling back of earlier environmental pledges and does not offer new protection for natural forests in Sumatra, alleges a new report from Eyes on the Forest, a coalition of green groups based in Riau, Sumatra. Charts: deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia, 2000-2010 (07/15/2012) Indonesia and Malaysia lost more than 11 million hectares (42,470 square miles) of forest between 2000 and 2010, according to a study published last year in the journal Global Change Biology . The area is roughly the size of Denmark or the state of Virginia. The bulk of forest loss occurred in lowland forests, which declined by 7.8 million hectares or 11 percent on 2000 cover. Peat swamp forests lost the highest percentage of cover, declin...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0828-sumatra-forests.html

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