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This evening I'm participating in a discussion at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club with thought leaders from various industries to explore the environmental and economic impacts of deforestation.
Deforestation represents a large ...
A coalition of investors and asset managers is urging stakeholders in the palm oil
industry to adopt policies that exclude deforestation and human rights violations from their supply chains.
The call, coordinated by Green Century Capital ...
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 ...
For 15 years, the indigenous people of the Long Teran Kanan community, in north Malaysian Borneo, battled with Malaysian business conglomerate IOI-Pelita over land the group had long occupied and cultivated.
The palm oil
company had been ...
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 ...
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 ...
Protesters from 10 Indonesian labor unions and four NGOs descended on the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
(RPSO) meetings in Medan last Tuesday, urging the industry body to take serious steps to end what they claim is rampant abuse of workers ...
In a move that represents a significant development for efforts to reduce the environmental impact of palm oil
, consumer products giant Unilever today announced it will be able to trace all of the palm oil
it sources by the end of ...
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
Marks and Spencer has launched a major new initiative to protect more than a million trees in the Amazon, after signing a deal with Cornish charity Cool Earth.
Cool Earth works in some of the world's most endangered rainforest, paying ...
HSBC, the world's third largest bank, continues to lend to companies linked to deforestation despite a policy explicitly prohibiting such practices, alleges a new report from the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).The ...
The Indigenous communities of Collingwood Bay, Papua New Guinea are engaged in a high stakes battle to defend their land and culture from the threat of Conflict Palm Oil
expansion and they have a quick and easy request for help right ...
More than half of palm oil
imported into the UK to be used in products such as cosmetics, food and fuel now comes from sustainable
certified sources, marking a step forward for the government's commitment to use only sustainable palm oil
The global convergence Reclaim Power, along with the No REDD in Africa Network, have named this week a week of action against false solutions. We offer this blog post as a contribution to that effort.In the landscape of global ...
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. ...
, right? The fuel that powers the cars, jets, tractors and industry that drives the global economy is a commodity. Quality standards ensure, for the most part, that each barrel of oil
, each visit to the petrol pump, is the same as any ...
Local groups have called on the governor of Jambi province to cancel PT Asiatic Persada’s permit after Wilmar’s sale of the company stalls IFC-mediated talks.
Indigenous people in Indonesia’s Jambi province on the island of Sumatra have ...
Environmental group, Greenpeace, has accused Herakles Farms of illegal logging in Cameroon after the company has already been lambasted by scientists and conservationists for its plan to build a 70,000 hectare palm oil
plantation in one of ...
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 world's biggest producer and consumer of palm oil
plans to increase its production of the commodity to meet rising global demand. Indonesia claims it can reach its goal of producing 40m tonnes a year by 2020 without sacrificing ...
The European Parliament voted Wednesday to significantly reduce the amount of biofuels made from food crops by 2020 to counter concerns over the energy source's environmental and ethical sustainability.
Environmentalists argue biofuels ...
Harrison Ford sparked a complaint from Indonesia's top forest official after the actor asked a series of tough questions about ongoing rainforest destruction in the Southeast Asian nation, reports Indonesian state media.
Ford is in ...
imports into Europe for use as car fuel increased by more than three-fold since 2006, raising concerns than renewable fuels targets may be contributing to deforestation, displacing marginalized communities, and driving greenhouse gas ...
Conversion of forests for palm oil
production now appears to be the single largest driver of deforestation in Indonesia, accounting for roughly a quarter of forest loss between 2009 and 2011, asserts a new Greenpeace report that accuses the ...
Malaysia will launch its own certification standard for palm oil
produced by local firms by 2014, reports Reuters. The initiative aims to differentiate Malaysian palm oil
from that produced in other countries, while offering a less stringent ...