NG Mag | Palm oil is unavoidable. Can it be sustainable?

NG Mag | Palm oil is unavoidable. Can it be sustainable?

In 2015 this forest growing on peatland on the island of Borneo was burned to clear the land for oil palms. Air pollution from fires in Indonesia that year—some natural, some not—contributed to at least 12,000 premature deaths. Nearly half of Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emissions come from cutting or burning forests, including those on carbon-rich peatlands.

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