Palm plantations given green light in Indonesia: Indonesia’s rainforests contain 60% of all the tropical peat in the world. Such rainforests on peat soils are one of the world’s most important carbon sinks and play a vital role in helping to regulate the global climate…The Indonesian government has endorsed a massive biofuel program which foresees an increase in oil palm plantations to eventually over 26 million hectares. Far from reducing climate change emissions, it will rapidly release up to 50 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere. — Climate Ark

Green limo line at Oscars gets longer: From a plug-in hybrid car to the sexy electric Tesla Roadster, celebrities wanting to make a green statement on the way to the red carpet of the Oscars will have plenty of environment-friendly rides this Sunday. Environmental News Network

A toxic tinge to green light bulbs?: Electricity in an incandescent bulb runs through a filament causing it to glow. But in CFLs electricity ignites gas inside the bulb causing it to emit ultraviolet rays. A small amount of mercury is required to help ignite that gas, and it’s this mercury that’s a known hazard. — ABC Science Online

Australia‘s coast battered by tsunamis: Australia’s coastline has felt the impact of almost 50 tsunamis in the past 150 years, according to the first catalogue of all such events. — ABC Science Online

Fishermen haul in world’s biggest squid: A gigantic 10m-long squid, believed to be the largest ever found, has been caught by New Zealand fishermen in the Ross Sea. Weighing an estimated 450kg, the colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) was eating a hooked toothfish when it was hauled to the surface of the New Zealand vessel San Aspiring, owned by the Sanford seafood company. — New Zealand Herald

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