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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 ...
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 ...
High above the vast Indonesian island of Sumatra, satellites identify hundreds of plumes of smoke drifting over the oil palm
plantations and rainforests. They look harmless as the monsoon winds sweep them north and east towards Singapore, ...
The recent surge in forest fires
in Riau has raised questions over the commitment of major companies to fight open burning, as satellites revealed that the current number of hot spots exceeds the number that caused last year's choking ...
In early March 2014, forest
and peat fires
in Indonesia's Riau province, on the island of Sumatra, spiked to levels not seen since the previous Southeast Asian haze crisis of June 2013. Nearly 50,000 Indonesians are suffering respiratory ailments ...
he lowland swamp forest
s of Riau Province in Indonesia are dense with gnarled roots and tall rainforest trees. The habitat supports critically endangered tigers and a bewildering array of other species, ranging from short-clawed otters to leaf ...
in Indonesia are destroying large areas of forest
on land owned by lumber and palm oil
companies, casting further attention on western companies that buy commodities from the affected regions.
, which have been burning ...
Greenpeace released a spoof video of the Procter & Gamble’s “Thank You Mom” advertisement showing how deforestation for palm oil
is orphaning orangutans in Indonesian. Greenpeace activists also took action today at P&G’s global headquarters in a ...
Indonesia’s palm oil
industry has gained a notorious reputation in recent years. Palm oil
companies are routinely accused of clearing primary forest
s, destroying the habitats of endangered species, releasing massive amounts of carbon by draining ...
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 ...
Indonesia's Riau province declared a state of emergency on Thursday as haze from raging forest fires
, often deliberately set, disrupted flights and marine navigation and authorities reported a sharp rise in respiratory problems.
Singapore and Malaysia are grappling with some of the driest weather they have ever seen, forcing the tiny city-state to ramp up supplies of recycled water while its neighbour rations reserves amid disruptions to farming and ...
that ravaged parts of Indonesia in mid-2013 and caused regional tensions have made it harder for the government to meet its goals for reducing carbon emissions, according to a report by climate scientists -- and experts and activists ...
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 ...
The recent appointment of a new head for Indonesia's fledgling REDD+ Agency, tasked with reducing climate-changing emissions from deforestation, is expected to accelerate tree planting and other efforts to protect forest
s in the Southeast Asian ...
2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world's tropical rainforests. 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 rainforests, 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 ...
Even in the first light of dawn in the Tripa swamp forest
of Sumatra it is clear that something is terribly wrong. Where there should be lush foliage stretching away towards the horizon, there are only the skeletons of trees. Smoke drifts across ...
Almost eight years after the idea was first mooted, climate change negotiators have thrashed out an agreement of a deal to channelise funds – necessarily for developing countries – to help them cut greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and ...
Indonesia expressed mixed reactions following the conclusion of the Climate Change talks in Warsaw, Poland which reached a consensus on the commitment to a global climate change adaptation program.
“With the conclusion we can hope that ...
Some 3.5 million hectares (8.7 million acres) of forest
in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea was converted for oil palm
plantations between 1990 and 2010, finds a comprehensive set of assessments released by the Roundtable on Sustainable ...
At home and abroad, Indonesia is highlighting its progress in curbing the environmental destruction that has depleted forest
s and made the Southeast Asian nation a leading source of greenhouse gases. But environmentalists are ...
Household brands that source palm oil
through Singapore-based palm oil
trader Wilmar International, such as the makers of Oreo biscuits, Gillette shaving products and Clearasil, are making consumers unwitting accomplices in the destruction of ...
On Thursday, 17 October 2013 Mongabay.com and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
(RSPO) co-hosted a discussion on environmental issues related to palm oil
. The discussion involved representatives from WWF, Greenpeace and the RSPO. ...