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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
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 ...
Climate change could make life more difficult for the world’s rarest chimpanzee subspecies, reported a team of scientists in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology on Tuesday.
The range of the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ...
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 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 ...
— that nearly ubiquitous ingredient found in processed foods, hygiene products and cosmetics — fuels air and water pollution, climate change, extinction and human rights violations. A multi-billion-dollar industry, “big palm
” has the ...
Indigenous organizations and international human rights activists say Peru is failing to protect the rights of indigenous people in its Amazon rainforest
, putting at risk the individuals and the carbon stored in their lands.The report, ...