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New study could lower RI’s emissions ranking

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 17 2016   /  09:00 am

A study funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has concluded that Indonesia’s peat fires produced less greenhouse gas emissions than previously believed, a finding that could lower the country’s carbon-emission ranking.

The archipelago is currently ranked as the country making the third-largest contribution to global emissions due to the annual land and forest fires, especially because most of the fires occurred on carbon-rich peatland.

Peat forms in wetlands where wet, oxygen-poor conditions prevent plant material from fully decomposing. As generations of plants grow, die and then only partially decompose, with their composting matter piling up into a thick organic layer called peat, it acts as a carbon sink.

Indonesia is home to half of the world’s tropical peatland, the majority of it in Kalimantan. In the mid-1990s the government...