Endangered Forests and Orangutans in Tripa Indonesia

TRIPA, INDONESIA – JUNE 11: Fires burn off logged virgin rainforest spewing clouds of white smoke across tracts cleared to plant oil palm trees June 11, 2009 in Tripa, Aceh province, Indonesia. Palm oil is used as vegetable oil in products from chocolate bars and breakfast cereals to shampoo. It is also classified as a bio-fuel. Indonesia and Malaysia are the world’s largest palm oil producers. Threatened orangutans and other rare species of wildlife live in the rainforest tracts now being cleared. Local farmers and corporations are illegally converting Aceh’s rainforests and peatlands into oil palm plantations. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

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