Worse for Wear: Indonesia’s Textile Boom

The rise of fabric and textile manufacturing brought jobs — and abject pollution — to Indonesia’s West Java province.

For residents of the West Java province near Bandung, economic growth has come at a steep price with the ruin of the Upper Citarum River and the destruction of rice fields contaminated with heavy metals. But a recent Indonesian court ruling, if upheld, could give environmentalists a small victory.

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