Southeast Asia's Burning Rainforests and Peatland Threaten World's Climate

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By Climate Ark & Rainforest Portal, Projects of Ecological Internet, Inc.

//www.rainforestportal.org/ and //www.climateark.org/

October 8, 2006

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Let Kyoto Protocol Delegates Know You Demand Immediate Action to Stop Rainforest Fires and Peatland Agricultural Conversion //www.climateark.org/alerts/send.asp?id=indonesia_peatland

On November 6th governments from all over the world will be meeting in Nairobi for the year's most important United Nations climate change talks. To date international policy discussions have largely ignored the destruction and burning of Southeast Asia’s rainforest peatlands. These wet, swampy rainforests are drained to be cleared for agricultural plantations, and as they dry their peat filled soils are highly susceptible to long burning, carbon and methane rich fires. Peatland fires have for years been one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions - accounting for the equivalent of some 15% of all global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. Hundreds of peat and forest fires are once again burning across Borneo, Sumatra and Java. Unless the international community acts quickly, Southeast Asia’s emissions of carbon and methane from burning peatlands alone may lead to dangerous climate change including massive sea level rises and mass extinctions. Expansion of oil palm plantations, illegal logging and timber plantations have been identified as the main drivers of the destruction.

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//www.climateark.org/alerts/send.asp?id=indonesia_peatland

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