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Officials scramble to save endangered Javan rhinos

June 21, 2010 by  
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The discovery of three dead Javan rhinos has intensified efforts to save one of the world’s most endangered mammals from extinction, with an electric fence being built Monday around a new sanctuary and breeding ground.

With only about 50 of the species left in the wild — all but a handful living in one national park in western Indonesia — conservationists are even talking about taking the rare step of relocating some of the 5-ton animals to spread out the population and give the Javan rhino a better chance to survive.

Drought and proximity to an active volcano in the densely forested Ujung Kulon park have raised fears that a natural disaster could destroy almost the entire population at once. In Vietnam, the only other place the rhinos can be found, there are just four.

Read more at guardian.co.uk.

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New study links drilling to Indonesia mud volcano

February 19, 2010 by  
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JAKARTA, Feb 12 (Reuters) – A team of scientists said in a report on Friday that they had found the strongest evidence yet linking a devastating mud volcano in Indonesia to drilling at a gas exploration well by local energy firm PT Lapindo Brantas.

Read more at Reuters

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Indonesia self-destructs (and we’re next door)

December 7, 2009 by  
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They dig these canals to drain the peatland so they can then set fire to the devastated forest land

They dig these canals to drain the peatland so they can then set fire to the devastated forest land

Why doesn’t anyone in government do anything about this other than to say it is difficult to police this vast country?

From CNN:

Sumatra, Indonesia (CNN) — The land still smolders, tinted with a depressing gray. Twisted hulks of tree trunks take on abnormal shapes. A dark black canal cuts through the wasted landscape.
It looks like a scene from an apocalyptic movie where an unknown force has obliterated all life. But this is the reality of Sumatra, Indonesia’s largest island…

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