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Landscape devastated by palm oil

World's largest ecological experiment to examine impact of oil palm plantations

Tom Levitt

1st February, 2011

Ten-year project will look at whether setting-aside natural forests within oil palm plantations can save threatened species such as the Orang-utan, Pygmy Elephant and Clouded Leopard more...
Peatland

UN forest protection plans failing because of land scarcity and demand for food

Tom Levitt

24th January, 2011

REDD-type forest agreements ignore indigenous populations and are seeing a scramble for forest 'carbon credits' by governments and individuals, warns study more...
Amit Jethwa

Indian activists risk death to expose illegal logging, pollution and mining

Ambika Hiranandani and Tom Levitt

14th December, 2010

The recent death of Indian environmentalist Amit Jethva was the latest in a growing number of disturbing incidents of brutality and violence against activists, report Ambika Hiranandani and Tom Levitt more...
Sunlight through the trees

Logging company accused of ‘misleading public’ with carbon conservation project

Kara Moses

3rd December, 2010

Controversial Indonesian company Asia Pulp & Paper has come under fire from environmentalists because of 'false claims' over Sumatran rainforest carbon reserve more...

Deforestation could fuel deadly spread of malaria, yellow fever and Lyme disease

David Hawkins

17th November, 2010

The economic and climate-related impacts of forest destruction are well known, but continued logging could unleash devastating new pandemics and spread fatal diseases into the human population, scientists tell the Ecologist more...

How a new generation of eco-filmmakers are challenging broadcasting convention

Laura Sevier

26th October, 2010

From the Age of Stupid to the End of the Line, and next year's Just Do It, independent filmmakers are innovating with radical film subjects and creating whole new funding streams, reports Laura Sevier more...
Ecuadorian Rainforest

Lack of forest definition ‘major obstacle’ in fight to protect rainforests

Kara Moses

20th October, 2010

In the second in our series examining REDD we report how ambiguous forest definitions are putting the future success of forest protection schemes in doubt and allowing logging companies to destroy biodiverse habitats more...
Tropical deforestation

Fears of corruption as REDD forest-protection schemes begin

Lynn Morris

13th October, 2010

Misunderstandings and scepticism around schemes that pay countries to protect their forests are rife, with fears that without proper policing it will be a magnet for organised crime and corruption more...
Eastern Cape giant cycad

Plant life in peril - IUCN and Kew Gardens study

Dearbhla Crosse

29th September 2010

Alarming new research reveals human activity is 'devastating' plant life ahead of UN biodiversity summit, with up to twenty-two per cent of the world’s plants facing extinction more...

Bush-meat demand fuelling secretive trade in Guinea-Bissau's primates

Dearbhla Crosse

29th September 2010

Logging, mining and agriculture are opening up Guinea-Bissau's once intact forests to the ravages of the bush-meat trade, an Ecologist investigation finds more...
bush meat

Special report: Horrific bush-meat trade stalks Guinea-Bissau

Dawn Starin

29th September 2010

In a remarkable and harrowing dispatch from Guinea-Bissau, Dawn Starin reports how logging, mining and agriculture are opening up the country's once intact forests to the ravages of the growing bush-meat trade, threatening some of the country's most enigmatic monkey species more...
Timber in a warehouse

UK public unaware they could be contributing to illegal logging - WWF

Dearbhla Crosse

20th September, 2010

Many consumers mistakenly think that wood and paper products sold in the UK are not sourced from illegally logged timber linked to deforestation

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Tropical rainforests

Shell funding of forest protection scheme could result in 'largest land grab of all time'

Ecologist

8th September, 2010

Oil giant's investment in Indonesian REDD conservation project is a crude attempt to increase profit and gloss over its expanding oil drilling operations, say campaigners more...

Securing a future for Amazonian rubber-tappers

Giovana Zilli

8th September, 2010

A pioneering initiative is helping to rebuild the traditional local economy and livelihoods of the Amazonian rubber-tappers more...
Palm oil seeds

Cargill sticks with rainforest-destroying palm oil supplier

Ecologist

6th September, 2010

US food giant refuses to stop buying palm oil from Sinar Mas group as Burger King joins Nestle and others in criticising its illegal activities more...
Logging

Norway accused of 'hypocrisy' over ethical investment

Tom Levitt

24th August, 2010

The Norwegian government has sold its investment in one Malaysian logging and palm oil company but remains a big shareholder in another accused of destroying rainforest and orang-utan habitats more...
Yolanda Kakabadse

WWF president: I think the US is doing a lot on climate change

Kara Moses

18th August, 2010

WWF president Yolanda Kakabadse on how the media is only interested in ‘doom-mongering’ on climate change, why the US isn't a block on negotiations and how governments are trying to reduce the influence of NGOs more...
Peatland

Palm oil giant Sinar Mas admits breaking law by clearing peatland

Tom Levitt

11th August, 2010

Indonesia's largest palm oil and pulp company started clearing land for palm oil plantations before it had received permits or made conservation assessments. Tom Levitt reports more...
Peatland

Palm oil giant accused of rainforest destruction caught ‘red-handed’

Ecologist

29th July, 2010

Indonesia’s largest palm oil and pulp group, Sinar Mas, is continuing to destroy rainforests and peatland despite promises to end the practice more...
Northern Boreal Forest

Greenpeace's ceasefire with the logging companies was not a deal with the devil

Richard Brooks

21st July, 2010

It took many environmentalists by surprise - that fiercely campaigning NGOs could not just make peace with their corporate enemies but enter into an agreement with them. This is a crucial step forward, says Richard Brooks more...
beans

UK could cut Amazon soya imports with home-grown peas and beans

Ecologist

21st July, 2010

A solution to the livestock sector's reliance on soya animal feed, which is driving deforestation in Argentina and Brazil, could be found by incentivising home-grown alternatives more...
Wood

Campaigners dispute reports of a decline in illegal logging

Tom Levitt

15th July, 2010

Claims of a decrease in illegal logging mask a growing amount of illegal harvesting by licensed companies and a lack of confidence in methods of measuring logging activity more...
Wood

EU's ban on billion-pound illegally logged timber trade only the 'first step'

Ecologist

8th July, 2010

New regulations will apply to forest owners and companies importing timber but not to the rest of the supply chain and leaves sanctions down to individual countries more...
Cargill port

How Cargill is feeding Europe's meat demands at the expense of the Amazon

Lynn Morris

6th July, 2010

Europe's demand for cheap meat is been fed by an increasing demand for soya feed from the Amazon but it comes at a cost - deforestation more...
Migrating birds

Trees a 'low-cost' solution to air pollution and biodiversity loss in cities

Ecologist

2nd July, 2010

Native woods and trees in urban areas, including gardens, provide haven for wildlife, reduce air pollution, surface run-off and flooding more...

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