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In the last two years, a series of companies have made bold commitments to halt deforestation in their supply chains (see this story for the context). But producing products like palm oil without clearing ecologically important rainforest
Today, oil palm is Indonesia’s most important cash crop. In 2014, Indonesia produced 33.5 million tons of palm oil,  generating $18.9 billion in export revenue.  This makes palm oil Indonesia’s third most valuable export, behind only coal ...
2014 was a landmark year for tropical rainforest
s, with dozens of major companies committing to eliminating deforestation from their supply chains, the launch of new platforms for monitoring forests, and sharp drop in clearing in the Brazilian ...
s in the Peruvian Amazon store ten times the amount of carbon
as undisturbed rainforest
in adjacent areas, making them critical in the battle to fight climate
change, finds a new study published in Environmental Research ...
Indonesia’s reforming new president is to crack down on the rampant deforestation and peatland
destruction that has made the nation the world’s third largest emitter of climate
Joko Widodo signalled the ...
Last August, from the window of a jet high over Sumatra, I counted nearly a dozen plumes of smoke rising from the vast jungles and plantations below. Some more than a half-mile wide, they looked like pillars holding up the sky. That week the ...
In a world of disruptive innovations, no company wants to be left behind or caught looking the other way. But that's exactly what's happened to leading British companies when it comes to deforestation driven by palm oil and other ...
Agriculture plays a massive role in today’s global economy. It’s easy to not realize that your salad’s fresh tomatoes are likely flown in from the Netherlands, its asparagus is picked by a Peruvian farmer and the dressing has palm oil harvested ...
It was just after lunch, Monday, November 8th 2010 when it all began. At the time, it was innocent enough; there were certainly no ill intentions. Yet, looking back, I now see it as the moment that kicked off the polarizing debate that today ...
Trees in Indonesia are disappearing at twice the rate reported by the nation's government, according to a new analysis of deforestation rates. The data also suggests that the nation's 2011 regulations to halt deforestation were largely ...
Consumer knowledge on the destructiveness of palm oil production--found in everything from ice cream and crackers to detergents and cosmetics, is rising. Increased awareness is sorely needed, as more and more forests are cleared to make way for ...
After years of criticism from environmental groups, Cargill says it will establish policies to eliminate deforestation, peatland
s conversion, and social conflict from its palm oil supply chain. But activists aren't yet sure what to make of the ...
Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Cargill today announced new measures to cut deforestation from their palm oil supply chains.
P&G (NYSE:PG), a consumer products giant that owns brands like Head & Shoulders and Oil of Olay, pledged to establish ...
The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) program should finance protection of corridors linking existing protected areas in order to better safeguard biodiversity while simultaneously helping mitigate climate
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 ...
The latest climate
talks in Warsaw may have achieved little in the way of action on climate
change, but they were even worse for biodiversity. In fact, since early climate
talks in the 1990s, biodiversity has vanished from international and ...
One of the world’s major terrestrial carbon
pools is rapidly deteriorating as large parts of Indonesia’s peatland
s are deforested and converted to oil palm and paper plantations. No longer a carbon
sink, Indonesia’s peatland
s are now a globally ...
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 ...
The plantations spreading over Sumatra aren't spreading onto empty land; poor rural villages often get swept up in big decisions made in Jakarta for Indonesia's forests. Mitra Taj reports from Teluk Kabung, where the arrival of the pulpwood ...
What is palm oil? Why are rainforest
s being burned down for palm oil? How can you help stop rainforest
s from being burned down for palm oil?These are good questions--and we have answers.Here`s everything you need to know about the ...
During the smoky season, or “musim kabut” as it is called in Indonesia, skeletons of leaves fall from the sky and disintegrate like melting snowflakes in children’s hands.
Historically, Indonesia’s smoky season has peaked at the end of ...
Palm oil touches our lives every time we take a trip to the supermarket. Palm oil and its derivatives are used in a ubiquitous array of packaged foods, including ice cream, cookies, crackers, chocolate products, cereals, breakfast bars, cake ...
When you go to the grocery store and you buy a bag of chips, a chocolate bar, crackers, ice-cream, doughnuts, frozen snacks or other candy, you may see a label on the products saying ‘RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil’ or ‘Green Palm ...
It always amazes me how the actions – or rather inaction – of high-level meetings in far-off cities can so seriously impact forests in my own country.
Today, an organisation with the declared aim of ensuring environmentally responsible ...
Covering a global industry like automotive is air travel dependent.
I won't go into the awful details, but my annual carbon
footprint is alarming. British Airways estimates in-flight carbon
dioxide emission of a 10th of a kilogram per ...