Green­peace raises de­for­esta­tion alarm

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

Green­peace has ac­cused one of the world’s largest pulp and paper com­pa­nies of ag­gres­sively clear­ing In­done­sian rain forests, throw­ing into doubt a land­mark deal that aims to fight cli­mate change by curb­ing de­for­esta­tion.

In a re­port re­leased Mon­day, Green- peace said a sub­sidiary of the In­done­sian fam­ily con­glom­er­ate Si­nar Mas se­cretly planned a mas­sive ex­pan­sion of pulp mills and cut down es­sen­tial forests, in­clud­ing habi­tats for en­dan­gered tigers. The re­port said an in­ter­nal 2007 doc­u­ment shows that Asia Pulp and Paper sought to in­crease its mill ca­pac­ity to 17.5 mil­lion tons a year from 2.6 mil­lion tons.

An ex­ec­u­tive with Asia Pulp de­nied the charges.

Large-scale de­for­esta­tion has made the coun­try the world’s third-largest emit­ter of green­house gases, be­hind China and the U.S., ac­cord­ing to some es­ti­mates. The coun­try signed a $1 bil­lion deal with Nor­way in May that im­poses a two-year mora­to­rium on new per­mits to clear vir­gin for­est and peat­land.

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