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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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
The Singapore-based palm
-oil business Musim Mas announced Thursday that it will make sure that the oil
it purchases hasn`t been harvested in ways that cause deforestation.
Musim Mas handles about 18 percent of the world`s palm oil
. It ...
Indonesia’s reforming new president is to crack down on the rampant deforestation and peatland
destruction that has made the nation the world’s third largest emitter of climate-warming carbon dioxide.
Joko Widodo signalled the ...
Last August, from the window of a jet high over Sumatra, I counted nearly a dozen plumes of smoke rising from the vast jungles and plantations
below. Some more than a half-mile wide, they looked like pillars holding up the sky. That week the ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world's tropical rainforest
s. The following is a review of some of the major tropical forest-related news stories for the year.
As a review, this post will not ...
giant Golden-Agri Resources (GAR) will forgo development of an oil palm
plantation in an area of rainforest
in Indonesian New Guinea in order to comply with its forest conservation policy.
The decision by GAR - which is the ...
On Thursday, 17 October 2013 Mongabay.com and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
(RSPO) co-hosted a discussion on environmental issues related to palm oil
. The discussion involved representatives from WWF, Greenpeace and the RSPO. ...
One of the world’s major terrestrial carbon pools is rapidly deteriorating as large parts of Indonesia’s peatland
s are deforested and converted to oil palm
and paper plantations
. No longer a carbon sink, Indonesia’s peatland
s are now a globally ...
Conversion of forests for palm oil
production now appears to be the single largest driver of deforestation in Indonesia, accounting for roughly a quarter of forest loss between 2009 and 2011, asserts a new Greenpeace report that accuses the ...
spreading over Sumatra aren't spreading onto empty land; poor rural villages often get swept up in big decisions made in Jakarta for Indonesia's forests. Mitra Taj reports from Teluk Kabung, where the arrival of the pulpwood ...
What is palm oil
? Why are rainforest
s being burned down for palm oil
? How can you help stop rainforest
s from being burned down for palm oil
?These are good questions--and we have answers.Here`s everything you need to know about the ...
touches our lives every time we take a trip to the supermarket. Palm oil
and its derivatives are used in a ubiquitous array of packaged foods, including ice cream, cookies, crackers, chocolate products, cereals, breakfast bars, cake ...
ecosystems play a key role in the global cycle -- however urgent action is required to protect them from human impact.
Professor Susan Page, from the Department of Geography will give her Inaugural public lecture, ...