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Declining crop prices usually spell bad news for farmers, and poor smallholders in particular. The drop in the price of palm oil
from a recent high of US$860 per metric ton in March 2014 to below US$640 in March 2015 (and far below 2010-2012 ...
Companies in Peru are planning to clear more than 23,000 hectares of primary rainforest in the northern Amazon in order to cultivate oil palm
, according to NGOs.
Operations on two plantations called Maniti and Santa Cecilia which would ...
Selective logging is causing long-term changes to tropical forests in Africa by facilitating the growth of weeds and vines, which reduces plant diversity and diminishes carbon storage, reports a new paper published in the journal Ecological ...
Picture a doughnut. That's small and easy, right? Now picture palm oil
Drawing a blank? That's because palm oil
, a prized vegetable oil
, is relatively unknown in America. But its market is huge because it's used in many different ...
Wilmar, the world's largest palm oil
company, has unveiled a tool it says will help eliminate deforestation from its global supply chain.
The tool is an online dashboard that maps the company's supply chain, including the names of ...
Aiming to be the world’s largest purveyor of sustainable
cacao, a company is developing a plantation in the Amazon that scientists say comes at the expense of primary forest
A cacao grower with roots in Southeast Asia’s palm oil
A commodity boom has helped pull millions out of poverty across South America over the past decade. It has also unleashed a new scramble for oil
, minerals and cropland that is accelerating deforestation and fuelling a new wave of land conflicts ...
2014 was a landmark year for tropical rainforests, 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 ...
You may have never heard of palm oil
-- let alone thought about the role it played in your investment portfolio. But palm oil
is fast becoming a ubiquitous ingredient, already present in half the goods we buy, from toothpaste to body wash, ...
The United Nations climate talks in Lima, Peru -- the world’s most recent attempt to reach an agreement on how to deal with climate change -- limped to a late close in the small hours of Sunday morning after narrowly avoiding ...
Enormous wood fiber concession appears in West Kalimantan, threatening critical habitat. Environmental groups cry foul, claiming impact assessments were not properly done before plantation company set up shop.
A major wood fiber ...
Almost a century ago, Russian botanist N.I. Vavilov was traveling the world in search of new species when he identified why equatorial rain forests are so critical to the Earth’s future: They’re the source-pool for 90 percent of the planet’s ...
You probably know most vegetarians than you used to. You may even know some vegans—people who eat no animal products, including eggs, butter, milk and cheese. But did you know that their dietary habits may be essential to save the planet? A new ...
Indonesia’s new government has ambitious reforestation plans. President Joko Widodo’s election campaign included a commitment to reforest 2 million hectares of degraded land annually.
Depending on tree planting density, that requires ...
Home products giant IKEA has made a time-bound commitment for eliminating palm oil
linked to deforestation and human rights abuses from its supply chain.
IKEA, which uses palm oil
in candles and food products, unveiled the policy today. ...
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 ...
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed an agreement with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
(RSPO) to promote eco-certified palm oil
as part of the broader effort to conserve biodiversity.
The move, announced ...
In the 1990s, the world watched with alarm as vast tracts of tropical rainforest were torn down for timber and croplands, dug up for minerals and energy, and flooded for hydroelectric projects. Conservation groups, governments, philanthropists, ...
Some of the world's largest companies are making progress in disclosing and addressing deforestation risk within their commodity supply chains, but much work is left to be done to shift to more sustainable
practices, argues a new report from the ...
The battle to save the rainforest is finally being won, according to a leading conservationist previously known for his pessimism.
The dramatically improved prospects for the rainforests have been triggered by a switch in land use from ...
In the mid-1990s I visited a magnificent tract of lowland rainforest in Malaysian Borneo. Some of my fondest memories are from that forest: hiking under the towering trees, wading in the crystal-clear streams, and delighting in its spectacular ...
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 ...
The global trade in agricultural and timber products is pushing the planet’s forests to the brink, having been responsible for more than a third of recent deforestation, a new study has warned.
The report, commissioned by the Center for ...
Cattle ranchers that drive the vast majority of forest clearing in the Brazilian Amazon are unlikely to be held at bay indefinitely unless they are afforded new incentives for keeping trees standing, argues new analysis published by an economic ...
A new report published Forest Heroes, an advocacy campaign pushing for an end to deforestation, ranks global palm oil
companies on their sustainability commitments.
The Green Tigers, authored by Glen Hurowitz, reviews the recent history ...