Uncategorized 11 June 1994

Indonesia: Ocean research hits a snag

AN INTERNATIONAL team of oceanographers is expecting the worst when it returns this month to collect data from instruments deployed a year ago as part of an experiment to measure the massive flow of water through the Indonesian archipelago. Instruments near the surface are likely to have failed and much of the experiment will have …

Uncategorized 11 June 1994

Indonesia: Population explosion

LAST JULY, Ian Thornton – emeritus professor of zoology at La Trobe University in Melbourne – was dropped by helicopter to spend an hour on the volcanic island of Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra. It was enough time to watch an eruption and its impact. The Indonesian authorities were wary …

Uncategorized 11 June 1994

Indonesia: The Bandung blues

AT BANDUNG in West Java it is not uncommon to see the children coloured blue. The children swim in the local river and come out blue because it contains aniline dyes discharged into the river by textile factories. "The textile companies acknowledge the problem but say they don't have the technology to clean up the …

Uncategorized 11 June 1994

Indonesia: How to survive by apeing others

VETERINARIANS from Western Australia are helping to test a new approach to returning orang-utans to the wild in Indonesia. The animals, which have often spent years as illegal pets in other parts of Asia, are now being released in groups rather than singly as in the past. By gradually moving into the jungle as part …

Uncategorized 11 June 1994

Indonesia: Australia on show

FOR the next two months in Indonesia, Australia will be putting itself on show as never before. Australia Today Indonesia '94 – a A$12 million promotion of trade and culture – will be playing in Jakarta, with some events taking place in Surabaya and Semarang as well as the cities of Bandung, Denpasar, Medan and …

Uncategorized 11 June 1994

Indonesia: Farmers stay for tea

THE HUMBLE tea plant is about to be used in Indonesia's campaign to slow migration to the cities. The Indonesian government plans a massive increase in the cultivation of green tea in response to a worldwide shortfall caused by the shrinkage of the area devoted to agriculture in Japan and a growing demand in Western …

Uncategorized 11 June 1994

Indonesia: A shell of an industry

EACH YEAR hundreds of Indonesian villagers and fishermen risk imprisonment and impoundment of their boats to raid northern Australian reefs for a sea snail – the trochus – which is highly prized for its shell. Now, Indonesian and Australian scientists are collaborating in a three-year research project aimed at developing a trochus farming industry. In …

Uncategorized 11 June 1994

Indonesia: Tree centre seeds a growing industry

OVER THE NEXT ten years, Indonesia wants to double to more than one million hectares the area it has set aside for plantations of acacia trees used to supply wood for the paper industry. It also wants to use the trees to rehabilitate logged lowland forest, abandoned agricultural land, and grasslands that have become infested …

Uncategorized 11 June 1994

Indonesia: Stopping the flow

MEDICAL researchers from Indonesia and Australia have found the cause of prolonged bleeding which is forcing women in developing countries to discontinue using a popular contraceptive. They are now studying ways to alleviate the problem, the only significant drawback to a contraceptive which family planners say could be used by as many as 600 million …

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