Category Archives: Asia

EU Threatens To Halt Palm Oil Imports To Stop Deforestation

Deforestation Driving Climate Change, Extinction Indonesia and Malaysia, which produce more than 80 percent of the world’s palm oil, are resisting proposals by European parliamentarians that could limit their access to the second biggest palm oil market after India. Government … Continue reading

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China Reforestation Becoming A Global Model

Economic Growth Has Taken Its Toll On China’s Natural Resources The Chinese government has payed close attention to ecological and environmental issues for years. Contrary to popular belief, sustainability and environmental protection are long-term strategies vital to the country’s health … Continue reading

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Deforestation Taking Toll On Pakistan

Floods, Landslides Killing Citizens National Assembly members hit out at the Climate Change Ministry’s forest wing and provincial forest departments for failing to control deforestation. At a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate Change held at the … Continue reading

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Indonesia Vows To Fight Deforestation

Bans New Palm Oil Plantations By Ben Otto, Wall Street Journal Indonesia will temporarily bar new palm oil and mining operations to help protect the country’s vast tropical forests following international criticism over its environmental stewardship. A spokesman for Indonesian President … Continue reading

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India Failing To Conserve Forests, Biodiversity

Deforestation Threatens Life Across Asia As national action on climate change accelerates and corporate agendas turn to energy efficiency and deployment of renewables to reduce carbon footprints, the International Day of Forests on March 21 offers a timely reminder of … Continue reading

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Indonesia Forest Fires Threaten Wildlife, Communities

Land Clearing Considered Greatest Environmental Crime Of Our Time By Nadia Drake, Nature The world’s only wild orangutans—already besieged by logging, hunting, pet trading and the steady expansion of palm oil plantations—are now threatened by forest fires that have burned for … Continue reading

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DiCaprio Foundation Chipping In To Save Indonesian Rainforest

DiCaprio Foundation, WWF Forge Creative Rainforest Conservation Plan Indonesia has one of the highest rates of deforestation of any country in the world. According to Global Forest Watch, the country lost 16.88 million hectares of rainforest between 2001 and 2013, … Continue reading

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Corporations Plan To Destroy Remaining Orangutan Habitat

Editor’s Note: If Indonesia and Malaysia plan to industrialize the entire islands of Borneo and Sumatra, they owe it to the world to relocate the last orangutans and tigers to safe zones–including nearby islands. Extinction is not an option. Relocating Orangutans … Continue reading

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Deforestation Threatens World Heritage Site In Indonesia

Government Unwilling, Unable To Defend Sumatra A unique ecosystem with endangered orangutans, tigers, rhinos and elephants is threatened by the provincial Aceh government, which is ignoring national laws that protect public lands from deforestation and development. Aceh, which has greater autonomy than other Indonesian … Continue reading

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Tiger Population Rising In India

Despite Vanishing Wilderness, Tiger Numbers Up 30 Percent Since 2010 India‘s latest tiger census shows a sharp increase in the number of the endangered tigers in the wild, raising hopes that conservation efforts are working, despite several missteps and rising … Continue reading

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