SHARE: submit print Malaysian palm oil producers destroying Borneo peat forests faster than ever before

04 February 2011

New research from Wetlands International and remote sensing institute SarVision shows rampant deforestation in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo. More than a third of the peat swamp forests and 10% of rainforests have been lost in a startlingly short time frame: between 2005-2010. The research shows that around 65% of this loss was due to the conversion of forests to oil palm plantations.

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