The people of the low-lying islands of Kiribati — an island nation in the Pacific Ocean — are among the least responsible for climate change, and yet are most exposed to the consequences of it. Its President Anote Tong has made a bold move: He is calling on all nations to abandon all new coal mines and coal mine expansions.

Read more: Don’t leave RI in the dark ages of coal


“Why are you leaving now? Come back here! I have told the truth but you do not believe me. Let’s take an oath on our lives!” Asyani, a frail, 63-year old woman from eastern Java, broke down into hysterics and pleaded with the panel of judges who had just convicted her for stealing teak wood. 

Read more: How Indonesian forest law is being used against poor people


CIFOR scientists working among Indonesian mangroves. Mangroves along the Java coastline contain just over 500 tonnes of carbon per hectare; the same area in remote and sparsely populated Papua holds almost 1500 tonnes. Photo: CIFOR

BOGOR, Indonesia – Indonesia’s mangroves are a massive storehouse of carbon and a key bargaining chip for the country in the upcoming climate change negotiations in Paris, according to the authors of a new study published in Nature Climate Change.

Read more: INDONESIAN MANGROVES SPECIAL: Indonesia’s best hope for slowing climate change


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