To environmentalists, Indonesia is the home of developers who clear virgin rain forests, destroy the habitat of orangutans, and contribute to global climate change. But on May 13, Indonesia extended a policy of keeping virgin rain forest off-limits to the palm oil industry, a main driver of deforestation.
Ecuador’s anti-monopoly watchdog, seeking to improve mobile-phone coverage, suspended about 2,000 exclusive contracts used by carriers such as America Movil SAB to get prime locations for network towers.
Jose Carlos Arara puts a tarnished 38-caliber revolver into his waistband. It’s a sweltering, mid- November morning in the Brazilian Amazon rain forest, and the 31-year-old Indian chief walks through the jungle to check on his tribe’s yuca crop.
Vale SA is replacing trucks with 23 miles of conveyor belts and building a second railway through the Amazon to cut costs and retake the title of world’s second- largest mining company by value from Rio Tinto Group.
Asia Pulp & Paper Co. is reassuring customers that it is uses no illegally logged trees in its paper mills after Greenpeace International accused the company of destroying the habitat of the endangered Sumatran tiger.
At 7 p.m. on the Malaysian side of Borneo island, Luang Entiyang turns the dial on a transistor radio in search of an anti-government talk show as about a dozen villagers sit cross-legged on the floor waiting to listen.
South Korea, the world’s biggest maker of consumer-electronics memory chips, is leading the first geological study of Colombia’s rare metals as it seeks to secure supplies for Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Corp.