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Indonesia Pledges to Protect Peatlands to Fight Climate Change, Haze

Environmental activists hailed on Tuesday Indonesia's ban on converting peatlands into plantations but said enforcement was critical to reducing annual fires that shroud parts of Southeast Asia in choking haze. Indonesia announced on Monday that companies were banned from turning peatlands into palm oil and other types of plantations, and must restore peatlands they have degraded. Peat soils contain huge quantities of carbon in the form of organic matter, which accumulates over...

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