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Though scientists are striving hard to discover how the world's forests will respond to climate change – whether they will tip from being carbon sinks to being carbon sources – much remains clouded in mystery. Photo credit: Rhett ...
Every year, more companies pledge to stop using ingredients whose production cause tropical deforestation. Retailers and brands making voluntary commitments – mostly involving palm oil
– include Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Colgate and Wilmar, ...
Agribusiness giants Cargill and Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) are pledging to investigate a palm oil
supplier after an Indonesian environmental group presented evidence of rainforest
clearing in New Guinea.On Thursday, Greenomics-Indonesia ...
A major palm oil
company blamed for cutting down swathes of the rainforest
has said it will stop clear-felling trees, in a move hailed by campaigners as a major breakthrough.
Astra Agro Lestari (AAL), a subsidiary of the multinational ...
giant Astra Agro Lestari has announced an immediate moratorium on land clearing, less than a month after the launch of an environmental campaign targeting one of its sister companies, the Mandarin Oriental hotel chain.The ...
The landscape during the five-hour ride from Medan, the capital of Indonesia's North Sumatra province, to Tangkahan village is dominated by manicured rows of oil palm
that stretch for hundreds of kilometers in all directions. The sky is darkened ...
Recent drone footage from the nonprofit Forest Heroes, which works to end global deforestation, shows that, despite recent efforts to reduce deforestation, it is still happening. The drone footage below shows an Indonesian rainforest
cleared for ...
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
Two palm oil
plantations have recently been established in Peru, supplanting primary forest. Satellite imagery analysis shows extent of the massive development, which is led by a group of companies tied to plantation entrepreneur and United Cacao ...
The Mandarin Oriental hotel chain has landed in environmentalists' crosshairs for the practices of its sister company Astra Agro Lestari, a rapidly expanding palm oil
producer with fully developed plantations on an area larger than ...
Indonesia has extended a major logging moratorium aimed at preserving the archipelago's vast swathes of tropical rainforest
, but environmentalists say the logging ban does not go nearly far enough. The country, home to some of the world's most ...
A new report provides evidence that a supplier of palm oil
giants Wilmar and Musim Mas is bulldozing valuable forests in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem in violation of the companies’ zero-deforestation policies.
As of April 30, when the ...
It is well known that tropical deforestation is just as costly as carbon pollution when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. But while research has mostly focused on forests that have been completely mowed down, scientists are now saying that ...
Last week, the London-based think tank Innovation Forum convened a two-day conference on the subject of sustainable forestry in Washington, D.C. Titled “How Business Can Tackle Deforestation,” the conference brought together leaders from both ...
United Cacao didn't need authorization to clear its plantation near Tamshiyacu, said a court in Loreto, Peru, resolving for the time being one of a series of questions about the legality and environmental sustainability of companies connected ...
A new platform will provide critical near-real time information and analysis on emerging threats to forests in the non-Brazilian Amazon.
Officially announced today, the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) in an initiative ...
The CEO of a company listed on the London Stock Exchange, that aims to become the world’s largest producer of cocoa, is responsible for illegally clearing swathes of rainforest
in the Peruvian Amazon, according to a report by the Environmental ...
Forests not only house many of the world's species, but also much of its carbon. Now, a toolkit has been developed by a group of companies and organizations with the aim of helping other companies and NGOs identify High Carbon Stock (HCS) ...
While deforestation for soy production in the Brazilian Amazon has slowed since the establishment of a deforestation moratorium in 2006, clearing for soy has increased sharply in recent years in the Bolivian Amazon; Paraguay's Chaco, a dry forest ...
Today, the state of New York announced that, after negotiations with the global agribusiness conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland, ADM will adopt a no-deforestation policy for soy and palm oil
This is really freaking good news, and it ...
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 ...
If you Google "rainforest," you're almost assured to get a page of search results mostly about the tropics. Yet, another kind of rainforest
also exists: temperate rainforest
s. Far less expansive than the tropical kind, temperate rainforest
s occur ...
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 ...
The day I first set foot in a tropical rainforest
, in Malaysia in the early 1980s, I experienced something profound. From the echoes of gibbons calling from the canopy in the early morning mist to the iridescent flash of a bird in a beam of ...
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 ...