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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, ...
, a Finnish energy giant, has announced a new "no deforestation" policy [PDF] for sourcing palm oil
. The company, which is one of the world's largest buyers of palm oil
, had faced criticism from environmentalists for purchasing palm oil
A couple decades ago just prior to my postgraduate studies at The University of Melbourne I had the privilege of visiting an Indonesian rainforest
. I encourage everyone to spend one night in a tropical rainforest
; its rich array and cacophony of ...
Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), a forestry giant that has been widely criticized for its role in driving deforestation and contributing to social conflict in Indonesia, today announced a zero deforestation policy that could have a dramatic impact on ...
The European Commission has approved palm oil
-based biodiesel for the renewable fuels standard provided it is certified under the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil
(RSPO), a body that sets social and environmental criteria for palm oil
The palm oil
industry has hired lobbying powerhouse Holland & Knight to help overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that palm oil
-based biodiesel fails to meet greenhouse gas emissions targets under the country's Renewable Fuels ...
A coalition of local and international conservation groups warned last month that orangutans in the Tripa forest on Sumatra island could disappear by the end this year unless action was taken to stop land clearing using fire by plantation ...
Indonesia's moratorium on new forest concessions alone "does not significantly contribute" to its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent from a projected 2020 baseline, concludes a new analysis by the World Resources Institute ...