Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Indonesia: Impacts on Agriculture, Forests

From Mongabay, a site that aims to increase awareness of wildlands, wetlands, and environmental issues:

"Climate change could worsen food shortages in Indonesia by delaying the onset of monsoon rains reports a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The findings suggest that the country could face increasing risk of drought and forest fire if nothing is done to control rising greenhouse gas emissions...

Indonesia has long experienced climate variability, but its effects are increasingly amplified by large-scale land use change, namely deforestation, and massive annual forest fires that have been linked to lower levels of precipitation. Studies in Borneo suggest that dramatic ecological changes are underway in some of the country's most biodiverse forests, as drought stress and the effects of fires take a toll on the forest ecosystem and resident species."

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