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Young orangutan in the Sabangau Forest. Photo: Matt Adam Williams / OuTrop

L'Oreal moves against forest destruction

The Ecologist

30th January 2014

L'Oreal, the world's largest beauty and cosmetics company, has committed to remove forest destruction from its products by 2020. more...
'Forbidden: open burning land, collecting plants. Photo: Marcus Colchester.

Palm Oil company plan to slow deforestation 'another land-grab'

Marcus Colchester

23rd January 2014

A palm oil company's 'forest conservation' programme in Indonesia has ended up being a second land grab, writes Marcus Colchester - seizing resources from local communities' control. more...
The Tripa Forest burning at night, cleared for palm oil. Photo: Carlos Quiles / RAN -  ran.org/tripa-expose -  via Flickr.com.

Palm oil company's $30 million fine for burning rainforest

The Ecologist

17th January 2014

An Indonesian palm oil company has been convicted of large-scale burning of protected swamp forest in Aceh - home to some of Sumatra's last orangutans. more...
A village destroyed for palm oil, Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo: Rainforest Rescue.

Indonesia: terror and eviction for palm oil

Rainforest Rescue

25th December 2013

This month in Sumatra, Indonesia, 1,500 armed men demolished four indigenous villages and displaced inhabitants who were not willing to surrender their land to a palm oil company. more...
Lone Droscher Nielsen in a campaign poster.

Saving the Orangutan from the palm oil menace

Andy Morgan

5th December 2013

Lone Droscher Nielsen addressed the Oxfordshire village of Wootton about the deforestation that is pushing orangutans towards extinction - all driven by the world's hunger for palm oil. Andy Morgan was deeply moved ... more...
An orang utan is rescued following deforestation for palm oil.

HSBC loans drive deforestation and push orangutans to the brink

Paul Newman

7th November 2013

High Street banking giant HSBC is bankrolling the destruction of rainforests essential for the survival of Bornean orangutans and other endangered species. more...

Burn the regulations, not the rainforest!

Oliver Tickell

23rd October 2013

There are 14.6 million hectares of already deforested land in Indonesian Borneo alone that are suitable for palm cultivation. more...

Elephants suffer as forestry habitat destroyed

July 2nd, 2013

The Ecologist

The Sumatran elephant, one of the smallest of the Asian elephants, is the most endangered elephant in the world. Currently there are between 2,400 and 2,800 left, making the species 'critically endangered', according to the charity Elephant Family. more...

Palm oil's forgotten victims: Sumatran elephants suffer in rush for 'liquid ivory'

30th June, 2013

Jim Wickens

Western consumers are inadvertently driving the Sumatran elephant to extinction by eating, washing and wearing - in cosmetics - the derivatives of a fruit that is destroying the animal's last remaining forest habitat. Jim Wickens reports more...

How your fuel bills are subsidising deforestation

March 6th, 2013

by Helen Buckland

One government department raises awareness about endangered species whilst another uses our fuel bills to contribute to their demise. Helen Buckland, Director of the Sumatran Orangutan Society, explains... more...
How green are vegetable and rapeseed oils?

How green are vegetable and rapeseed oils?

Rebecca Campbell

16th May, 2012

When it comes to oils we are spoilt for choice, with more than 130 million tonnes of oil consumed every year, according to the WWF. But with demand set to increase, what sort of impact is our appetite for oil having on the planet? And which is the green choice? more...
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Palm oil: the hidden ingredient causing an ecological disaster

Ben Martin

14th March, 2012

Palm oil is in our food, cleaning products and fuel. But it's destroying rainforest and contributing to climate change. Sustainable certification schemes have been set up, but campaigners increasingly question whether they work more...

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Carles Puyol, FC Barcelona

Take Action: Save orangutans with football star Puyol

Ben Hudson

22nd December, 2011

Act Now for Orangutans is a new campaign fronted by World Cup winner and Barcelona skipper Puyol aimed at the conservation of orangutans
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Land rights report

Biofuels not food the biggest driver of 'land grabbing' deals, says report

Laurie Tuffrey

18th December, 2011

'Land grab' report highlights growing interest from speculators in ‘flex’ crops like soya, palm oil and sugarcane that can be used for biofuels or food more...
Sarawak forests

Activists challenge 'corrupt' government in the battle for Sarawak's rainforests

Alex Joseph

10th August, 2011

Land seizures, rampant logging and oil palm expansion have decimated Sarawak's forests. But now an invigorated reform movement is fighting back - accusing the government and its chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud of duplicity. Alex Joseph reports more...
A langur monkey

Can the palm oil we eat ever be wildlife-friendly?

Tom Levitt

12th July, 2011

Conservationists battling to save Indonesia's rainforests are locked in a dispute over moves to make oil palm plantations more wildlife-friendly. Tom Levitt reports more...
Oil palm

Greenwash and spin: palm oil lobby targets its critics

Alex Helan

8th July, 2011

The spread of oil palm plantations has come at the expense of vast swathes of tropical rainforest. But the billion-dollar palm oil industry is now mounting a major PR offensive. Alex Helan reports more...
aeroplane takes off

European airlines to start controversial biofuel-powered flights

William McLennan

24th June, 2011

The use of plant-based fuels for flights, backed by the EU, could contribute to higher food prices and increased greenhouse gas emissions more...
palm oil plantation

Palm oil giants target Africa in 'land grab' following Indonesia deforestation ban

Tom Levitt

25th March, 2011

Indonesia's move to bring in a two-year moratorium on new palm oil plantations to protect its remaining rainforests has seen agribusiness giants like Sime Darby switch expansion plans to Cameroon, Ghana and Liberia more...
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...
Car exhaust pipe

Europe's push on biofuels 'no better than fossil fuels'

Tom Levitt

8th November,2010

Targets for increasing the use of biofuels to power cars, trains and buses will result in more ecosystems being converted to agriculture - actually increasing carbon emissions, says new report more...

Forget palm oil and soya, microalgae is the next big biofuel source

Matthew Aylott

24th September

Microalgae could help turn the tide on climate change by providing clean, green energy for everything from light bulbs to planes, argues Matthew Aylott. But does the UK have enough space, sunshine - or indeed the stomach - to grow them? 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...
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...

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