Fighting Deforestation and Poverty Go Hand In Hand In Indonesia

Fighting Deforestation and Poverty Go Hand In Hand In Indonesia

A new study published yesterday in the journal Science Advances found that in Indonesia, a country with bountiful but highly exploited natural resources, a national anti-poverty program also reduced deforestation as a side benefit.

Why This Matters: Indonesia is one of the poorest nations in the world, and has the third-largest amount of tropical rain forest.  It also, according to Global Forest Watch, is the country with the third-highest rate of rainforest loss in the world in 2019.

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Will COVID-19 Lead to A Global “Hunger Games”?

Will COVID-19 Lead to A Global “Hunger Games”?

Global leaders are warning that breaks in the global supply chain for food imports to the U.S. could have devastating impacts in developing countries.

Why This Matters:  Thanks to the President ordering meat plants to re-open, we are focused on food supply chains here at home, but there many people around the world supplying us necessary food items (like fresh fruits and vegetables and seafood that can’t be grown here now) as well.

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10 (!) New Bird Species Discovered in Indonesia

10 (!) New Bird Species Discovered in Indonesia

Discovering new species is always exciting but researchers in Indonesia have made a species discovery that’s setting records. As NatGeo reported, In the past two decades, an average of fewer than six new bird species have been described every year in the entire world. But 2020 will be different, as scientists have just announced 10 […]

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Hero of the Week: Bruce Butterworth Saving Coral in Indonesia

Hero of the Week: Bruce Butterworth Saving Coral in Indonesia

This week, John Kelly, a Washington Post Metro section columnist caught our eye with a story about Bruce Butterworth, a D.C. resident who has been snorkeling and diving since the 1980s and has witnessed first-hand the decline of coral reefs.  Two years ago, he learned that in the Coral Triangle of Indonesia, pristine reefs remain […]

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One Cool Thing: Panama’s Transparent Vessels

One Cool Thing: Panama’s Transparent Vessels

Last week, Panama became the latest country to formally agree to make its national vessel tracking data publicly available through the Global Fishing Watch (GFW) map platform, joining Chile, Peru (whose vessel data is seen above), and Indonesia, which have already agreed to do this. 

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Using Satellites To Track Illegal Fishing Vessels at Night

Using Satellites To Track Illegal Fishing Vessels at Night

The U.S. NGO Oceana is working with municipal governments in the Philippines to expose illegal fishing in that country’s waters using a U.S. government satellite sensor called the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS). 

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