Slideshow: devastating fires sweep through Sumatran forests

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 26 July 2013 at 4:48pm - Comments

Sitting in my comfortable office chair and watching these terrible images come through the picture desk, I feel a desperate need to stop this destruction. The devastating forest fires that swept through Sumatra recently caused record breaking air pollution in parts of Malaysia and Singapore.

These pictures of peatland fires taken by Indonesian photographer Ulet Ifansasti in June illustrate not only the devastation and hardship caused for people like pineapple farmer Laskar Harianja, who lose their crops and income, but also show the ongoing destruction and drainage of peatland by the pulp and palm oil sector with catastrophic consequences for biodiversity and climate.

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