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Indonesia under pressure to save forests

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At home and abroad, Indonesia is highlighting its progress in curbing the environmental destruction that has depleted forests and made the country a leading source of greenhouse gases. But environmentalists are unconvinced. 

Firefighters battle a bush fire in Riau province on Sumatra. Blazes set to clear land send massive plumes of smog every year into Singapore and Malaysia, which have grown impatient with Indonesia's response to the problem. (AP Photo)

They say pulp and palm oil plantations are still expanding at an alarming rate in Sumatran forests, despite efforts by the government and industry. That expansion has contributed to climate change and threatens endangered tigers and orangutans.

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