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Last week, I was in Indonesia. I'd travelled there to work with colleagues in Jakarta and Sumatra on our continuing campaign to end the devastation of the country's magnificent rainforest
But after an extremely intense few days, I left ...
IN 1998 Fernando Henrique Cardoso, then Brazil’s president, said he would triple the area of the Amazonian forest set aside for posterity. At the time the ambition seemed vain: Brazil was losing 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 square miles) of ...
Air pollution caused by fires set for land-clearing on Sumatra has become a regularly occurrence in Southeast Asia, spurring hand-wringing in Singapore and Malaysia over health effects and worries among environmentalists over the climate impacts. ...
Seven palm oil
giants have agreed to fund a study that will define what constitutes "High Carbon Stock" (HCS) forest, a move that will potentially determine the fate of ecosystems around the world as more companies commit to "zero-deforestation" ...
Most palm oil
is produced from a species of African palm
that is now grown widely across Southeast Asia. The crop's high productivity makes it the most profitable form of agricultural land use in the tropics.
Agricultural giant Cargill, ...
At first the forest seems still, with only the sounds of busy insects and slight movement of wind betraying activity in the patchy undergrowth. Then, curiously, a Malay civet (Viverra tangalunga), an animal resembling half cat and half weasel, ...
Agriculture plays a massive role in today’s global economy. It’s easy to not realize that your salad’s fresh tomatoes are likely flown in from the Netherlands, its asparagus is picked by a Peruvian farmer and the dressing has palm oil
It was just after lunch, Monday, November 8th 2010 when it all began. At the time, it was innocent enough; there were certainly no ill intentions. Yet, looking back, I now see it as the moment that kicked off the polarizing debate that today ...
This week several palm oil
giants - Sime Darby Plantation, Musim Mas Group, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK), IOI Group Corporation Bhd, Cargill and Asian Agri/APICAL - announced new environmental criteria for palm oil
production. The companies, ...
For those living either north or south of the tropics, images of this green ring around the Earth's equator often include verdant rainforest
s, exotic animals, and unchanging weather; but they may also be of entrenched poverty, unstable ...
Trees in Indonesia are disappearing at twice the rate reported by the nation's government, according to a new analysis of deforestation rates. The data also suggests that the nation's 2011 regulations to halt deforestation were largely ...
Eliminating deforestation, peatlands and forest degradation, and forest fires in the tropics could reduce global carbon emissions by two billion tons a year, or nearly a fifth, argues a new study published in Global Change Biology.
The expanding production and use of palm oil
has dire consequences for the environment, human health and rain forest wildlife according to those advocating a reduction in palm oil
has a low trans-fat compared to ...
Brazil's success in reducing deforestation in the world's largest rainforest
has been much heralded, but progress may stall unless farmers, ranchers and other land users in the region are provided incentives to further improve the environmental ...
Greenpeace has just accused one of the world's most controversial oil palm
companies, Herakles Farms, of colluding with top government officials to sell off illegally logged timber to China. According to a new report from the environmental group, ...
Papua New Guinea's National Court has declared two leases held by Malaysia-based Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK) null and void, and ordered the government to cancel the licenses to convert nearly 40,000 hectares of rainforest
and community ...
PepsiCo is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world. But the company has yet to take steps to address its Conflict Palm Oil
problem and break the link between the products you buy and rainforest
can be found in many of the products we consume each day. Much of it comes from Indonesia, where brutal methods are deployed against locals. One of the main suppliers says it is cleaning up its act, but has it really ...
Consumer knowledge on the destructiveness of palm oil
production--found in everything from ice cream and crackers to detergents and cosmetics, is rising. Increased awareness is sorely needed, as more and more forests are cleared to make way for ...
Personal care products giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J - NYSE:JNJ) today unveiled a comprehensive palm oil
sourcing policy that eliminates deforestation and social conflict from its global palm oil
The policy applies to all ...
The volume of commodities produced under various social and environmental certification standards jumped 41 percent in 2012, far outpacing the 2 percent growth across conventional commodity markets, finds a comprehensive new assessment of the ...
In the past two years, we’ve seen rapid changes in the forestry sector that we could not have predicted would be realized by 2014. As a starting point, we witnessed the chairman of Indonesia-based Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), the world’s second ...
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 ...
After years of criticism from environmental groups, Cargill says it will establish policies to eliminate deforestation, peatlands conversion, and social conflict from its palm oil
supply chain. But activists aren't yet sure what to make of the ...
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 ...