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Op-Ed: Are U.S. retirement funds harming rainforests?

Some years ago ‘ethical investment’ was a big deal and people were keen to know where their money was being held. Things have drifted a bit since then, and one example which many are unaware of is where their retirement funds are invested.

Op-Ed: Luxury hotels linked to palm oil plantations, forest destruction

If you remember those quaint drawings of big fish eating progressively smaller fish, until there's only one big fish at the end, you have the general gist of how palm oil companies often destroy rain forests.

Op-Ed: Campaign against Doritos and sustainable oil continues - update

Campaign group SumOfUs.org have released a new online advert to coincide with Doritos annual ‘Crash the Super Bowl’ commercial competition. This is part of the long running campaign against the company over rainforest destruction.

Op-Ed: Canadians call on Tim Hortons to protect rainforests

Toronto - To increase pressure on the Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons over its unsustainable palm oil use, hundreds of Canadians have joined a photo campaign by corporate accountability group SumOfUs.

If you have a hard time finding Nutella, blame it on the weather

Fans of hazelnut-infused products might want to think about stocking up. Turkey, which supplies 70 percent of the globe's hazelnuts, was hit with severe frosts and hail storms in March, just at the time hazelnut tree flowers were flowering.

Palm oil production's adverse affects on the environment

Palm oil is found in thousands of products we use and consume every day, from bread, and shampoo to multiple items in between. But now, increased consumption has resulted in unwanted side effects to the environment.

Kremlin’s stamp of approval runs into trouble

Amsterdam - Set up in 2004 as a non-governmental organization, the Guild of Purveyors to the Kremlin has since set the standard for which many Russian companies aim. A legal battle within one of its member firms, however, could tarnish the Guild’s reputation.

Philippines: 'Our environment is worth more than palm oil'

The rainforest land and ancestral homes of small farmers and indigenous peoples of the Philippines are under threat, as the Philippine government plans to promote oil palm plantations on a vast scale.

Orangutans — Victims of 'sustainable' palm oil in Indonesia

Bumitama Gunajaya Agro (BGA), a palm oil company, have completely destroyed the rainforest for miles around in this area of Borneo, Indonesia. Sitting on top of what is left of the last tree, an orangutan looks helplessly on.

Plan to clear 1.2M ha of vital forest dooms locals and wildlife

Banda Aceh - Conservation groups in Indonesia, are wholly rejecting a new Aceh Government spatial plan to reduce its protected forest area from 68% to 45%, a loss of 1.2 million hectares. The plan will wreak devastation on local communities and wildlife.

Conservation group rescues baby orangutan ripped from mom

Banda Aceh - The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) is reporting that they recently confiscated another illegally kept orangutan that was torn from its mom in the Tripa Peat Swamp forests of Aceh, Indonesia and sold as a pet.

Aceh Governor's logging proposal could exterminate iconic species

Banda Aceh - Already decimated by illegal palm oil corporations, a proposed new spatial plan by the Aceh government would reduce total forest cover by about a quarter. The plan says conservation groups, could force 'charismatic species' into extinction.

Op-Ed: Malaysia sacrifices its rare pygmy elephants for palm oil

Rangers of the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve were shocked to find a baby elephant, trying in vain to wake its mother, who had been poisoned along with 13 other elephants, all part of the same herd.

French senator proposes palm oil ‘fat tax’ to reduce health risks

Hard on the heels of tax proposals which would see a 5 €cent rise on a glass of beer at street-side bars and cafés, France’s socialist government is proposing a 300% tax hike on palm oil, long considered a factor in obesity.

Rally against palm oil plantations in support of orangutans Special

Sydney - A rally was held against Malaysia’s attempt to promote the benefits of palm oil. Palm oil plantations result in the deforestation of orangutan habitat.

Nestle agrees with Greenpeace on palm oil, drops key supplier

Palm oil has turned into a lucrative agricultural product for Indonesia, but the controversial crop has meant the destruction of rainforest and the homes of Orangutans.

Is Prince Charles' food destroying rainforests?

Palm oil is present in five of products in the Prince's Duchy Originals range of organic groceries sold in British shops.
 

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Protesters outside the State Library of NSW.
Protesters outside the State Library of NSW.
The impact of slash-and-burn clearing of the montane forests is having a devastating effect on many ...
The impact of slash-and-burn clearing of the montane forests is having a devastating effect on many species, such as this Eastern Hoolock gibbon.
Duke University/Bibbin Li
Construction is already under way at the Murum
dam site. ©Survival
Construction is already under way at the Murum dam site. ©Survival
An orangutan is rescued from a bulldozed section of rainforest in Borneo  Indonesia.
An orangutan is rescued from a bulldozed section of rainforest in Borneo, Indonesia.
Rainforest Rescue
Oil palm fresh fruit bunches are still on the tree.
Oil palm fresh fruit bunches are still on the tree.
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The impact of slash-and-burn clearing of the montane forests is having a devastating effect on many ...
The impact of slash-and-burn clearing of the montane forests is having a devastating effect on many species.
Cambridge University
Many of  the oil palm plantations are owned by families who depend on the crop for their livelihood.
Many of the oil palm plantations are owned by families who depend on the crop for their livelihood.
WWF
Traditional oil palm plantations that are managed and owned by ordinary people in Kampar regency  Ri...
Traditional oil palm plantations that are managed and owned by ordinary people in Kampar regency, Riau.
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Palm oil companies have started to establish
plantations on Penan land. © Survival
Palm oil companies have started to establish plantations on Penan land. © Survival
The impact of slash-and-burn clearing of the montane forests is having a devastating effect on many ...
The impact of slash-and-burn clearing of the montane forests is having a devastating effect on many species.
Cambridge University
Under Taib s rule the Penan have mounted countless
blockades to stop their forest being destroyed.
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Under Taib's rule the Penan have mounted countless blockades to stop their forest being destroyed. © A.Rain/N.Rain/Survival

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