Moving Indonesia’s capital city won’t fix Jakarta’s problems and will increase fire risk in Borneo

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has officially announced plans to relocate the country’s capital from the congested, sinking city of Jakarta to East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. The hope is that building “a smart city in the forest” in North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara regencies will ease Jakarta’s myriad problems. Home to…

Peace with nature: helping former Colombian guerrilla fighters to become citizen scientists

Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world with more than 56,000 recorded species, some 9,000 of which are unique. However protecting and researching this natural treasure has been extraordinarily difficult during Colombia’s nearly 55 years of internal conflict. Since the 2016 peace agreement 21 scientific bio-expeditions have been carried out, most in…