Category Archives: Rainforests

EU Might Boycott Palm Oil 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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Palm Oil Plantations vs. Biodiversity

Palm Oil Plantations Do Not Tolerate Wildlife By Melati Kaye, Scientific American and Mongabay I have been hiking through an oil palm plantation in Borneo for hours but have yet to see a single oil palm. Instead, mahogany and other … 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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Rainforest Destruction Driven By Commodities

Fewer Than 10 Percent Of Major Corporations Have Policies Against Deforestation The world’s rainforests have been decimated over the past 20 years. The destruction is accelerating again as corporations are waving false flags of sustainability. The Global Canopy Programme’s Forest … Continue reading

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Deforestation A Crime Against Humanity

Deforestation Kills More Than Trees By Arleen Richards, Epoch Times Ensuring deforestation is given a proper place in global climate change discussions is an ongoing goal of the New York Declaration of Forests which was formalized at last year’s U.N. Climate Summit. The Declaration—which codifies the willingness … Continue reading

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Investors, Stakeholders Demand Reforms In Palm Oil Industry

Editorial Note: The following development is good news for the last forests, but it doesn’t appear to address the issue of endangered species and biodiversity. That is one of the weak links in the current RSPO scheme of smoke and … Continue reading

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Agriculture Subsidies Driving Deforestation

Governments Undermining Economics Of Forest Conservation By Allie Goldstein, Ecosystem Marketplace The race against deforestation is being won or lost hectare by hectare in the tropical rainforest countries that also provide the majority of the world’s agricultural commodities. But subsidies … Continue reading

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Tropical Deforestation Gaining Momentum

Satellite Data Refutes U.N. Reports Tropical forests from Indonesia to the Amazon are being lost an astonishing rate, with a new study suggesting deforestation has intensified 62 percent in just 20 years. The study also calls into question a more … Continue reading

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Deforestation Fueled By Global Palm Oil Production

Deforestation Killing More Than Trees By Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute The benefits of palm oil are fueling growth in Indonesia. Palm oil plantations can produce fruit for more than 30 years, providing much-needed employment for poor rural communities. And its oil … Continue reading

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Commodity Boom Driving Deforestation

Industry Exploiting Resources At All Costs By Nick Miroff, Washington Post A commodity boom has pulled millions of people out of poverty across South America over the past decade. It also unleashed a scramble for oil, minerals and cropland that is … Continue reading

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