Newsful: November 12 – 18

Indonesia is presenting newly minted Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott his first international quagmire. With the Pacific Ocean ripe with Asian asylum seekers, Indonesia and Australia usually bear the brunt of refugee intake. Abbott, who campaigned on stiffer immigration policies during this year’s election, does not want to continue the constant influxes of refugees to…

Attack of the Palm Oil Plantation

Nearly 11% of the world’s remaining rainforests exist in Malaysia and Indonesia. However, Indonesia only holds about 2% of the world’s entire landmass. The result of this phenomenon is that Indonesia contains a mass amount of the world’s biodiversity within an exceptionally small amount of space. Yet, the forests of Southeast Asia have the highest relative…

Facing harsh environmental realities in East Kalimantan

Before I lived in East Kalimantan, I worked at High Trails, an outdoor science school in the mountains of southern California.  Each week, buses of 5th and 6th grade students drove up into the San Bernardino National Forest for a week of learning about science as it actually happens around them. To this day, I…