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Climate Change

Big trees, big climate impact: Unlocking Brunei's forest secrets

Natural giants are vulnerable to global warming -- and vital for fighting it

Ferry Slik, a professor at the University of Brunei Darussalam, says there are still many mysteries surrounding big trees. He spends weeks in this forest every year striving to change that. (Photo by Sandy Ong)

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei -- Ferry Slik hops into his jeep and heads west out of Brunei's capital. After an hour on the well-paved highway, he pulls up on the road shoulder and parks, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.

But the Dutchman, who has lived in Brunei since late 2013, knows exactly where he is. Leaving his car, he slips into the Andulau Forest Reserve. Expertly picking his way over logs swarming with ferocious-looking ants and dodging vines as thick as thumbs, the botanist finds the men he is looking for in about 20 minutes.

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