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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 ...
A recent documentary, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, asks why most leading environmental organizations are ignoring a leading cause of environmental damage.
In 90 minutes, co-producers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn argue that our ...
Heads of state, civil society groups and the leaders of some of the world's largest companies this week urged their peers to sign on to a landmark new global agreement aimed at halting deforestation by 2030, even as others are warning the accord ...
From the Andes to the Amazon, Peru houses some of the world's most spectacular forests. Proud and culturally-diverse indigenous tribes inhabit the interiors of the Peruvian Amazon, including some that have chosen little contact with the outside ...
Nearly 50 percent of tropical deforestation to make room for commercial agriculture between 2000 and 2012 was done so illegally. That’s a key finding of a report published by the U.S.-based nonprofit organization Forest Trends looking at the ...
The world's undisturbed forests are being degraded at an "alarming speed", researchers said on Thursday, as they released new analysis showing an area three times the size of Germany was affected by logging and infrastructure development in the ...
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 ...
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. ...
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, ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 destruction
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
“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 ...