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The Iranian threat: Military or political?

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Rainforests once covered about 14 per cent of the earth's land surface. Now they cover a mere six per cent, with experts predicting total destruction in less than 40 years.

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Rainforests are home to millions of species of plants, insects and micro-organisms. Half of all animals in the world live in rainforests.

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Indonesia's deforestation is feeding the world with wood, pulp and palm oil. Such destruction has tragic consequences for both developing and industrial nations.

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The business of pulp, palm oil and timber also contributes to climate change, not to mention threatening the existence of many of the world's rare wildlife species.

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The destruction of rainforests has affected Indonesia in many ways including irregular river flows, soil erosion and reduced yield of forest products.

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Illegal logging and mining operations, large-scale agricultural plantations, slash-and-burn farming methods and wood collection for fuel, are among the main causes of deforestation.

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Both Indonesia and neighbouring Malaysia account for 90 per cent of the palm oil world export trade, and is expected to remain in the lead for the commodity.

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In the 1960s, Indonesia had 82 per cent rainforest cover. Between 1990 and 2005 it has lost more than 28 million hectares of forest cover.

In pictures: Endangered rainforests

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Indonesia, which has the world's worst deforestation rate, has 10 per cent of all tropical rainforests but it is the third-largest emitter of carbon.

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Rainforests are the earth's oldest living ecosystem, and the planet's natural water reserve with a minimum annual rainfall of 1,750-2,000 mm (68-78 inches).

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The Flying Men of the Yungas

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Israel's "Apartheid Wall". Banksy.

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Al Jazeera Birthrights

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The owner of an al-Hurr ["free" or "wild"], species of falcon prepares to release the bird to chase a pigeon. In English, the bird is known as a "Saker", which is the Arabic word for "falcon".

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Art and the Arab Spring

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Russia Protests

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Occupy protesters converge on White House

Occupy protesters converge on White House

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World Bank warns of global growth slowdown

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