Oct
04
2007

The author personally investigates Indonesian flora: Photo by Ranti Junus
The author personally investigates Indonesian flora: Photo by Ranti Junus

And Borneo. And Bali. And Banjarmasin. The southeast Asian country of Indonesia plans to plant 79 million trees on a single day -- November 28. The event will take place ahead of a UN climate change meeting on Bali the following month.

Indonesia has cut down more tropical forests since 2000 than any other country. It is also the world's third-largest producer of greenhouse gases. It is hoped that this massive planting project will reverse these trends.

Many of the rainforests have been cut down to make room for palm oil plantations, which are expanding to produce raw material for biofuel -- another example of how everything is interconnected, and trying to solve a problem in one area can create a problem in another.

(Indonesia's entry into the biofuel market strikes me as odd, since they are a major oil-producing nation and a member of OPEC.)

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

bryan kennedy's picture

There are a lot of things that strike me as weird about the biofuel market I must say. I can hardly see a place in the world where this new trend seems to be obeying any normal market rules.

posted on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 1:14pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

That's because it tends to be heavily subsidized. Plus, many countries don't have particularly free markets.

posted on Fri, 10/05/2007 - 10:12am

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