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More than 100,000 fires have been detected in Indonesia. Peat land is being burned to increase agricultural land, which is bad enough, but burning peat releases much more carbon than most natural land. The impact result is Indonesia producing more CO2 emissions than all of the US, an economy that is twenty times greater than Indonesia’s.

“Fires also emit methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2), but peat fires may emit up to 10 times more methane than fires occurring on other types of land.Taken together, the impact of peat fires on global warming may be more than 200 times greater than fires on other lands.” – World Resources Institute

Part of the irony is that the increased greenhouse emissions increase climate change which increases sea level rise, and Indonesia is a country of thousands of islands. Burning their natural environment may flood much of their country.

(Click on the graph for the link.)

“Indonesia’s Fire Outbreaks Producing More Daily Emissions Than The Entire US Economy” – World Resources Institute

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