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Indonesia, China begin feasibility study on $560m coal-to-methanol plant

Coal-to-methanol plant

Indonesia and China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to conduct a feasibility study of a $560 million coal-to-methanol plant. Coal-to-methanol plant Indonesia’s Industry Minister, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, said in a statement on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. The MOU was signed on Oct.18, by the Industry Minister and representatives from PT Powerindo Cipta Energy and China National Chemical Engineering ...

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Indonesia court finds president negligent in air pollution lawsuit


An Indonesian court ordered on Thursday, September 16, 2021 President Joko Widodo and other senior government officials to improve the hazardous air quality of the capital Jakarta after finding them guilty of environmental negligence in a civil lawsuit. Air pollution in Jakarta The citizen lawsuit was filed in 2019 against the president, the ministers of health, environment, and home affairs, ...

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Indonesia’s volcano Merapi spews ash clouds again

Volcano Merapi

Indonesia’s most active volcano Merapi emitted ash clouds three times as far as three kilometres to the southeast. Volcano Merapi The ashes spreading to areas in Yogyakarta, head of the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Centre (BPPTKG), Hanik Humaida, said on Friday, June 25, 2021. The hot clouds erupted three times at 4.43 a.m. local time with amplitude of ...

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Death toll from tropical cyclone Seroja rises to 177 in Indonesia

Cyclone Seroja

The death toll from tropical cyclone Seroja in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province rose to 177, a local official said on Sunday, April 11, 2021. This general view shows where part of a road was washed away in Dili on April 6, 2021, after Tropical Cyclone Seroja battered the Southeast Asian nation, killing dozens and leaving thousands homeless. Photo credi: ...

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165 dead, 45 missing due to tropical cyclone Seroja in Indonesia

Cyclone Seroja

The death toll of tropical cyclone Seroja in Indonesia rose to 165 with 45 still missing, the National Disaster Management Agency said on Thursday, April 8, 2021. This general view shows where part of a road was washed away in Dili on April 6, 2021, after Tropical Cyclone Seroja battered the Southeast Asian nation, killing dozens and leaving thousands homeless. ...

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Tropical cyclone kills at least 76 in Indonesia, East Timor

Cyclone flood

Floods and landslides, triggered by tropical cyclone Seroja in a cluster of islands in southeast Indonesia and East Timor, have killed at least 76 people and displaced thousands, officials said on Monday, April 5, 2021. A man wearing a helmet carries his goods through the water in an area affected by floods after heavy rains in Dili, East Timor, April ...

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Covid-19: Indonesia reports 489 new cases, Morocco 129

King Mohammed VI of Morocco

Indonesia reported 489 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, May 17, 2020, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 17,514. King Mohammed VI of Morocco The country also reported 59 deaths from the COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus, bringing the toll to 1,148, Health Ministry official, Achmad Yurianto, told an online news conference. The Southeast Asian country ...

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225 smuggled pangolins tracked down in Indonesia


Indonesian authorities have seized a haul of hundreds of critically endangered pangolins and scales worth $190,000, officials said on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. The authorities say they arrested two suspected wildlife smugglers after a raid on a port warehouse in Sumatra uncovered more than 200 pangolins, many of them dead from stress and dehydration. Ministry of Environment and Forestry official ...

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Indonesia: Communities form part of discussions to address peatland concerns

Emmanuela Shinta-GLF-Peatlands

Communities from peatland regions around Indonesia on Thursday, May 18, 2017 joined a global forum in Jakarta on solving the problems they are facing, and to share experiences for those facing similar problems around the world. Local communities were at the centre of discussions among policy makers, scientists, business leaders, civil society representatives and others at the “Global Landscapes Forum: Peatlands ...

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Orangutans threatened by forest fire, deforestation in Borneo


On a typical day, veterinarians of International Animal Rescue (IAR) make their way through choking smoke, weighed down with medical supplies, a safety net, animal carrier and face masks. They are called out almost daily to rescue orangutans and other animals trapped by forest fires and attend to their medical needs. The forest had been burning for five days and ...

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