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Sun May 26, 2013, 02:17 PM

'The Sumatran rainforest will mostly disappear within 20 years'

Source: The Observer

'The Sumatran rainforest will mostly disappear within 20 years'

John Vidal
The Observer, Sunday 26 May 2013

Our small plane had been flying low over Sumatra for three hours but all we had seen was an industrial landscape of palm and acacia trees stretching 30 miles in every direction. A haze of blue smoke from newly cleared land drifted eastward over giant plantations. Long drainage canals dug through equatorial swamps dissected the land. The only sign of life was excavators loading trees onto barges to take to pulp mills.

The end is in sight for the great forests of Sumatra and Borneo and the animals and people who depend on them. Thirty years ago the world's third- and sixth-largest islands were full of tigers, elephants, rhinos, orangutan and exotic birds and plants but in a frenzy of development they have been trashed in a single generation by global agribusiness and pulp and paper industries.

Their plantations supply Britain and the world with toilet paper, biofuels and vegetable oil to make everyday foods such as margarine, cream cheese and chocolate, but distraught scientists and environmental groups this week warn that one of the 21st century's greatest ecological disasters is rapidly unfolding.

Official figures show more than half of Indonesia's rainforest, the third-largest swath in the world, has been felled in a few years and permission has been granted to convert up to 70% of what remains into palm or acacia plantations. The government last week renewed a moratorium on the felling of rainforest, but nearly a million hectares are still being cut each year and the last pristine areas, in provinces such as Ache and Papua, are now prime targets for giant logging, palm and mining companies.

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Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/26/sumatra-borneo-deforestation-tigers-palm-oil

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 02:31 PM

1. Consuming is too much fun. I don't see anyone being responsible.

I'm fuming at the moment. I know someone who is an environmental engineer, and the fucker is in his car, driving all over the god damned place just to go on bike rides. Arizona! Colorado! New Mexico! Woo hoo! I have spent my life sacrificing in order to be frugal, and not fuck the planet up more than an American living a modern lifestyle does.

If an environmental engineer doesn't get it, who does?

Consuming to avoid boredom. Consuming in order to enjoy a wonderful life. Hell, it's so damned tempting to use up resources in order to see new places.

I've got news for people, it's only going to increase. The number of planes streaming across the skies is increasing. The number of cars.

This week 1.5 million new humans appeared on the planet. That's the size of a large city, EACH WEEK.

This is not off topic. It just doesn't address the specifics of the post. The underlying problem is the same- 1.5 million EACH WEEK.

Are we ever going to address the problem?

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #1)

Sun May 26, 2013, 04:15 PM

2. It's our job in the the War on Terra - consume mass quantities.

 

The Preznit sed so!

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #1)

Sun May 26, 2013, 06:14 PM

3. Why do you hate Freedumb(R)?

nt

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Response to hatrack (Reply #3)

Sun May 26, 2013, 06:21 PM

4. Haha.

Well, 20 miles through the redwoods on my bike took the rage out of me.

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