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  • As a college student, he was briefly imprisoned for his activism. He later served President Abdurrahman Wahid and had a thriving career as a media figure.

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  • On Wednesday 19 May Indonesia lost a champion for democracy and a brilliant but modest communicator.

     

    UPDATED 2 DAYS AGO

    BY SRI DEAN

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  • The incoming US administration is expected to realign its environmental policies for the global fight against climate change, returning to its original direction during Obama and prior administrations.

     

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    When Joe Biden announced his victory based on the electoral count, it was met with great joy by decision-makers in the international community. He now has two items on his list of priorities. The first is a rush program to face the pandemic challenges with a new team of advisors, and the second is to rejoin the Paris Agreement and put the United States climate program back on its rightful track.
    The news was met with great positivity from most countries, except for some outliers.

    When Joe Biden announced his victory based on the electoral count, it was met with great joy by decision-makers in the international community. He now has two items on his list of priorities. The first is a rush program to face the pandemic challenges with a new team of advisors, and the second is to rejoin the Paris Agreement and put the United States climate program back on its rightful track.

     

    The news was met with great positivity from most countries, except for some outliers.

     

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  • As he admitted himself to the hospital he wore a mask. Now the true believers are shaken and disoriented. President Trump had requested admission to Walter Reed Hospital. His condition is a closely kept secret but we know he is taking experimental drugs. We pray for the best but his colleagues in government and the Republican Party are joining the covid-19 patient list: White House staff, senior congressmen. Many were present at the Rose Garden reception for nominee to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. The names kept trickling in, making the Rose Garden reception live up the moniker Super Spreader Event.

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  • OK, let us talk (yet again) about clean energy and indigenous peoples’ environment. Some people might say I am biased since I am a consultant working for the Batang Toru hydroelectric power plant in North Sumatra but the underlying logic is too clear to be ignored. Clean energy infrastructure and environmental protection can and should coexist. It is baffling that some still believe the two are in conflict. Thus the topic warrants repeating.

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  • Now China is starting to bare its fangs as a global political power. The case is apparent in the current South China Sea dispute. A conflict broke out as many have long expected. It involved seven nations, all with substantial navies and covered the area of the South China Sea. With seven countries, each with substantial firearms, it was a wonder that all escaped without heavy penalties. Sure there was a Malaysian battleship attack on a Vietnamese fisherman ship which resulted in one Vietnamese fisherman getting killed. But outside of that incident, it was mostly tension and loud words.

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  • In the most comprehensive report to date on the economic implications of protecting nature, over 100 economists and scientists find that the global economy would benefit from the establishment of far more protected areas on land and at sea than exist today. The report considers various scenarios of protecting at least 30% of the world’s land and ocean to find that the benefits outweigh the costs by a ratio of at least 5-to-1. The report offers new evidence that the nature conservation sector drives economic growth, delivers key non-monetary benefits and is a net contributor to a resilient global economy.

    In the most comprehensive report to date on the economic implications of protecting nature, over 100 economists and scientists find that the global economy would benefit from the establishment of far more protected areas on land and at sea than exist today. The report considers various scenarios of protecting at least 30% of the world’s land and ocean to find that the benefits outweigh the costs by a ratio of at least 5-to-1.

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  • By: Wimar Witoelar & Monica Ayu P.

     

    We are so very different, America the world’s most advanced nation and Indonesia, a nation striving to make it into the ranks of the advanced. Yet there are remarkable similarities to make it possible, indeed necessary, to learn from each other. Population size, natural endowments, cultural pluralism, and a desire for democracy. One tends to simplify the analysis by looking at the chief executives as if it is useful to look at the presidents of each country.

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  • SUPPORT: A number of South Tapanuli residents asked the Medan Administrative Court to reject Forum for the Environment's lawsuit and ask the Chinese Consul General to ignore the campaign launched by it and hope that the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) will continue.

    MEDAN - A number of foreign institutions expressed various provocations in an effort to inhibit the construction of the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP), South Tapanuli. The community was asked to ignore the provocation, and to focus on the fact that North Sumatra's interests were related to that energy.

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  • MEDAN, KOMPAS.com - The judges of the Medan State Administrative Court (PTUN) chaired by Jimmy Claus Pardede decided to reject all claims filed by the North Sumatra Indonesian Environmental NGOs Forum (WALHI). According to the judge, this decision was based on evidence and statements of witnesses at the trial.

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  • REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, MEDAN - Batangtoru area in South Tapanuli, North Sumatra, is an earthquake zone area. This makes infrastructure development in the area still refers to earthquake risk mitigation.

    Geologist of Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) Prof. T Abdullah Sanny said, the earthquake zone in the Batangtoru area does not mean there should be no infrastructure development. According to Abdullah, development can work as long as it has a comprehensive research study. The results of these studies serve as guidelines for determining the infrastructure model to build. This step aims to mitigate the risk of seismicity.

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  • REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA - The results of continuous monitoring by the Directorate General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation (KSDAE) team of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) show that the construction of the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) in South Tapanuli, North Sumatra, is still safe for orangutans. The government is optimistic that development activities are in accordance with regulations and are environmentally friendly because when operating the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) requires sustainable and proorangutan forests for the continuity of their raw water supply.

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  • REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA - The manager of the Batangtoru hydropower project, PT North Sumatra Hydro Energy (NSHE), claimed that the hydropower plant (HEPP) construction project did not disturb the orangutan habitat of Tapanuli (Pongo tapanuliensis). The reason is that the government, covering an area of 163 thousand hectares, only limited to 122 hectares out of the total area permits the project area under the project management.

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  • South Tapanuli (Antaranews North Sumatra) - Various elements of the Sipirok community affirmed the presence of the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) will be able to stimulate the economy of the local community.

    "Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) is very useful for us, for education, for tourism, and for the future of our children and grandchildren, besides covering the need for an electrical energy crisis," said Rifai Pane and Siagian Clay.

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  • Medanbisnisdaily.com-Medan. North Sumatra Hydro Energy (NSHE) company as the manager of the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) with a capacity of 510 MW, carries a hospitality mission while visiting the editorial of medanbisnisdaily.com, S. Parman Road, Medan, on Thursday (02/21/2019).

    They acknowledged that the blockage of the company's information flow to the public had been used by a number of parties to attack the Batang Toru Hydropower so far. One of them is the issue of water logging issues. Unmitigated, the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) is said to be inundating around 9,600 Batang Toru forests.

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  • Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) on APL, Not Forest

    Indeed, the presence of the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) to support the government program to build 35,000 MW until 2022. Inside supporting this effort, Batangtoru Hydropower is willing to invest US $ 1, 6 billion or around 20 trillion rupiahs more. But not yet this project is fully implemented, the issue of environmental destruction has been rolled out by a number of NGOs.

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    Recently  PricewaterhouseCoopers, the global professional services network headquartered in London, published long-term global growth projections to 2050 for 32 of the largest economies in the world. The four largest economies in the world are projected to be China (1st), India (2nd), United States (3rd) and Indonesia (4th)

     

     

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  • A sudden spate of terrorist attacks in Indonesia during the past few weeks offers insights into how supporters of the Islamic State around the world are reacting to the group's defeats in the Middle East. 

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  • What political miracle did former and now current Malaysian Prime Minister create on May 6? Not only did he come back after 15 years of political retirement following 22 years of service as Prime Minister at the age of 92. More importantly, Mahathir put the brakes on 60 years of the Barisan Nasional hegemony in a sensational electoral upset.

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