Elephant eating in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.
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Indonesia: Aceh governor eyes geothermal project in the protected Leuser Ecosystem
The governor of Indonesia’s Aceh province is moving forward with a plan to rezone part of Mount Leuser National Park for geothermal development, despite opposition from conservationists who say the project threatens key rhino and orangutan populations.
Last week, Governor Zaini Abdullah sent an official letter to the forestry minister in Jakarta asking that a section of the park’s “core zone” be changed to a “utilization zone” so that a Turkish company may develop geothermal there. The utilization zone would still be part of the park.
The company, PT Hitay Panas Energy, is an arm of Hitay Holdings, an investment group founded and chaired by Emin Hitay, one of Turkey’s richest men.
Hitay has some history in Indonesia. He served as the archipelagic country’s honorary consul in Istanbul, and chairs the Turkish-Indonesian Business Council. He also tattooed onto his back a large image of the Garuda Pancasila, Indonesia’s coat of arms, in a profession of affinity for the Southeast Asian nation.
Hitay plans to invest billions of dollars in nine geothermal projects across Indonesia’s main western islands of Sumatra and Java.
Mount Leuser National Park is part of the wider Leuser Ecosystem, a nationally protected area constituting one of Southeast Asia’s last great swaths of intact rainforest. But the Aceh government’s 2013 spatial plan makes no mention of Leuser, and local officials have argued that the province has a right to develop the area.
Read the full story on Mongabay.com at news.mongabay.com/2016/08/aceh-governor-eyes-geothermal-project-in-indonesias-leuser-ecosystem/
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On Saturday, EIA supporter Keith Dickman will take on the gruelling South Coast Ultra Challenge!
He'll will be walking 100km from Eastbourne to Arundel over two days to raise funds for EIA, and every penny raised will go towards our vital work combating environmental crime.
Keith’s been training incredibly hard and we know he’ll do brilliantly. You can sponsor his incredible efforts via his Virgin Money Giving page here: ow.ly/czXb303zyWX
We’d like to extend a massive thank you to Keith for taking on this challenge for us – it’s only with the support of people like you that we can continue to make a difference.
From everyone at EIA – good luck!
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22 hours ago ·
India: Deforestation is reducing rainfall, study finds
Deforestation and conversion of forest land to crop land has weakened the monsoon in India, a study by a team from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has found.
The team from the Interdisciplinary Program in Climate Studies of IIT-B studied recent changes of land use and found that rainfall received in the North-Eastern and North-Central India has reduced owing to the destruction of forests.
“Due to the large-scale deforestation, there has been a significant drop in the amount of rainfall received,” said Subimal Ghosh, a faculty member associated with the study.
“Forests are deep-rooted and have more leaf area index (an indicator of plant canopies). They facilitate more recycled precipitation, a source of rainfall,” he said.
Ghosh said the conversion of forests to crop lands, particularly in North-Eastern and North-Central India, has reduced the amount of rainfall received in these areas.
... Ghosh said the findings of the study should be considered while designing climate change mitigation policies.
Read in full at indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/deforestation-is-reducing-rainfall-in-india-iit-...
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22 hours ago ·