Indonesia Goes Green to the Dismay of Palm Oil Producers

The top producer of palm oil renews a ban on clearing virgin forest
Photograph by Haryono Yt/Reuters

To environmentalists, Indonesia is the home of developers who clear virgin rain forests, destroy the habitat of orangutans, and contribute to global climate change. But on May 13, Indonesia extended a policy of keeping virgin rain forest off-limits to the palm oil industry, a main driver of deforestation.

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