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In the past two years, we’ve seen rapid changes in the forestry sector that we could not have predicted would be realized by 2014. As a starting point, we witnessed the chairman of Indonesia-based Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), the world’s second ...
I once stumbled out of a jungle in the Congo Basin and startled two Bantu farmers -- both women -- tending a small field. I spoke no Bantu and they no French, and so we just stared at each other, a little warily, until one of their toddlers ...
After years of criticism from environmental groups, Cargill says it will establish policies to eliminate deforestation, peatlands conversion, and social conflict from its palm oil
supply chain. But activists aren't yet sure what to make of the ...
Procter & Gamble has bowed to pressure from environmentalists and revealed a new, extensive no-deforestation policy in the production of its products, including demanding fully traceable palm oil
In the wake of severe ...
Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Cargill today announced new measures to cut deforestation from their palm oil
P&G (NYSE:PG), a consumer products giant that owns brands like Head & Shoulders and Oil
of Olay, pledged to establish ...
Safeway has become the latest company to establish a policy that excludes deforestation-linked palm oil
from its products.
Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY), the second biggest U.S. grocery chain, made the commitment in response to a shareholder ...
High above the vast Indonesian island of Sumatra, satellites identify hundreds of plumes of smoke drifting over the oil palm
plantations and rainforest
s. They look harmless as the monsoon winds sweep them north and east towards Singapore, ...
Indigenous communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are observing climate
change even though they have no knowledge of the science, according to a unique collaboration between the Rainforest
Foundation UK (RFUK) and local ...
“When [the trucks] came through they could not get access to their objective. They really had to push their way through here. The people did not actually accept this idea of palm oil
, and these things. The people said ‘No, we will not allow the ...
The Palm Oil
Innovation Group (POIG), an alliance formed last year, has opened its doors to new members who commit to social and environmental safeguards that go beyond the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
(RSPO) eco-certification ...
Standing beside a palm oil
wastewater lagoon can promote a vague sense of unease. The murky brown surface appears more molten than aqueous, blanketed in roiling bubbles that suggest the imminent emergence of a mythical beast. Plus, it ...
Greenpeace has called on the multinational Procter & Gamble (P&G) to commit to an immediate “no-deforestation” policy after linking the company to palm oil
suppliers in Indonesia which have allegedly engaged in destructive deforestation, clearing ...
Some recent dispatches from the breakfast cereal front.The Battle Creek, Michigan-based Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) says it is working to ensure the palm oil
used in its products is responsibly produced, and doesn't come from plantations ...
An Indonesian court issued a big blow to a palm oil
company for illegally destroying forest land in Sumatra’s protected Leuser Ecosystem, which provides critical habitat for orangutans and other endangered species.
In what’s being called ...
An Indonesian court has found the palm oil
company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burning large swathes of the Tripa peat forest, which lies within Sumatra`s Leuser Ecosystem, the only place on Earth where tigers, elephants, rhinos, and ...
2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world's tropical rainforest
s. The following is a review of some of the major tropical forest-related news stories for the year.
As a review, this post will not ...
After three decades of studying the world’s great rainforest
s, including the Amazon and Congo Basin, I thought I’d seen the best nature has to offer. But that was before I visited a small pocket of forest in northern Borneo known as the Danum ...
Several issues around the UN mechanism that aims to curtail greenhouse gases by preventing forest loss were resolved in Warsaw at the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCCC), and the meeting is ...
A new report names major U.S. and European banks that are financing land grabs in Indonesia for palm oil
production--which is harming the rainforest
and the lives of the people who live there--and the investors who are profiting from the ...
In case it wasn't already clear, there is now consensus that climate
change will have a significant impact on the world's food systems. A leaked draft of the newest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) ...
At home and abroad, Indonesia is highlighting its progress in curbing the environmental destruction that has depleted forests and made the Southeast Asian nation a leading source of greenhouse gases. But environmentalists are ...
After lifting off this week from the chaotic urban jungle of Kinshasa, scientists guided a twin-engine aircraft over the real jungle. With a small onboard laser, they began sweeping the vast rainforest
of the Democratic Republic of the Congo ...
One of the world’s major terrestrial carbon pools is rapidly deteriorating as large parts of Indonesia’s peatlands are deforested and converted to oil palm
and paper plantations. No longer a carbon sink, Indonesia’s peatlands are now a globally ...
Matt Adam Williams explains why yesterday's European Parliament vote will likely have environmentally negative impacts on the other side of the world.....This morning I awoke to the sound of bearded pigs rustling in the undergrowth and ...
The European Parliament has voted to limit the use of fuels made from food crops because of fears that biofuels can push up grain prices or damage the climate
, further undermining the once booming industry.
Lawmakers voting in Strasbourg ...