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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 ...
Carbon emissions from selective logging operations in tropical rainforest
s are roughly a sixth of those from outright forest clearing, finds a new study that evaluated 13 forestry concessions in six countries.
The study, published in the ...
Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Cargill today announced new measures to cut deforestation from their palm oil
P&G (NYSE:PG), a consumer products giant that owns brands like Head & Shoulders and Oil
of Olay, pledged to establish ...
Safeway has become the latest company to establish a policy that excludes deforestation-linked palm oil
from its products.
Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY), the second biggest U.S. grocery chain, made the commitment in response to a shareholder ...
High above the vast Indonesian island of Sumatra, satellites identify hundreds of plumes of smoke drifting over the oil palm
plantations and rainforest
s. They look harmless as the monsoon winds sweep them north and east towards Singapore, ...
Indigenous communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are observing climate change even though they have no knowledge of the science, according to a unique collaboration between the Rainforest
Foundation UK (RFUK) and local ...
“When [the trucks] came through they could not get access to their objective. They really had to push their way through here. The people did not actually accept this idea of palm oil
, and these things. The people said ‘No, we will not allow the ...
The Palm Oil
Innovation Group (POIG), an alliance formed last year, has opened its doors to new members who commit to social and environmental safeguards that go beyond the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
(RSPO) eco-certification ...
Standing beside a palm oil
wastewater lagoon can promote a vague sense of unease. The murky brown surface appears more molten than aqueous, blanketed in roiling bubbles that suggest the imminent emergence of a mythical beast. Plus, it ...
he lowland swamp forests of Riau Province in Indonesia are dense with gnarled roots and tall rainforest
trees. The habitat supports critically endangered tigers and a bewildering array of other species, ranging from short-clawed otters to leaf ...
Greenpeace released a spoof video of the Procter & Gamble’s “Thank You Mom” advertisement showing how deforestation for palm oil
is orphaning orangutans in Indonesian. Greenpeace activists also took action today at P&G’s global headquarters in a ...
Greenpeace has called on the multinational Procter & Gamble (P&G) to commit to an immediate “no-deforestation” policy after linking the company to palm oil
suppliers in Indonesia which have allegedly engaged in destructive deforestation, clearing ...
In a month saturated with dispiriting reports of recent human atrocity – the vile slaughter at a Nigerian school, the nuclear-winter-style pollution in China, the killing of an unarmed refugee in an Australian detainment camp – one story flickers ...
Some recent dispatches from the breakfast cereal front.The Battle Creek, Michigan-based Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) says it is working to ensure the palm oil
used in its products is responsibly produced, and doesn't come from plantations ...
Advocates for reduced impact logging in tropical forests often make a case that better forest management cuts carbon emissions relative to traditional forms of timber harvesting. While the argument for altering logging approaches to limit forest ...
Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd (APRIL), Indonesia's second-largest pulp and paper producer, has announced a new environmental policy that aims to stem criticism about its forestry practices, which include large-scale conversion ...
Alliance has agreed to conduct an audit of Asia Pulp & Paper's progress in implementing the zero deforestation policy the forestry giant signed last year.
The deal, announced Thursday in Jakarta, could help boost the ...
For those watching the world’s largest corporations, 2013 was extraordinary. Under pressure from NGOs, a slew of global companies that are number one in their industries made unprecedented commitments to better environmental and social behavior. ...
IT'S beginning to feel like déjÃ vu. With global demand for cosmetics, soap, biodiesel and vegetable cooking oil
ever on the rise, the African oil palm
(Elaeis guineensis) has been a boon, providing the essential ingredient for all these. So much ...
Peat canal drained by PT LUM, an APRIL supplier, following natural forest clearance in Pulau Tebing Tinggi. Photo by: Eyes on the Forest.
Indonesian pulp and paper giant Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (ARPIL) faces ...
An Indonesian court issued a big blow to a palm oil
company for illegally destroying forest land in Sumatra’s protected Leuser Ecosystem, which provides critical habitat for orangutans and other endangered species.
In what’s being called ...
An Indonesian court has found the palm oil
company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burning large swathes of the Tripa peat forest, which lies within Sumatra`s Leuser Ecosystem, the only place on Earth where tigers, elephants, rhinos, and ...